China actively interfered in the U.S. presidential elections, which were held in November 2020. This opinion was expressed in his report by John Ratcliffe, Director of National Intelligence of the United States.
Ratcliffe said the conclusions made by experts of the U.S. intelligence community, who analyzed the influence of Beijing on the U.S. presidential election, look insufficiently objective and were largely politicized. According to the Director of National Intelligence, the CIA leadership deliberately downplayed the level of China’s influence on the U.S. electoral process in their documents, putting pressure on analysts.
Ratcliffe explained that analysts who dealt with interference in the U.S. election by China and Russia, used different terminology in the course of their work. As a result, they could conclude that Moscow was actively trying to influence the U.S. electoral process while Beijing was not. In reality, the director of national intelligence emphasized that there was every reason to believe that China had also interfered in the U.S. election.
Earlier in January, William Evanina, director of the U.S. National Center for Counterintelligence and Security, said that Russia, Iran and China were trying to influence the U.S. election in 2020. However, he noted that he himself was not personally a witness, victim or participant in any attempts to interfere.
Ratcliffe said last December that Russia could not compete with China in terms of threatening U.S. security. He said he did not want to downplay Moscow’s danger to Washington, but he viewed Beijing as a much stronger adversary.