US President Joe Biden’s pick to lead the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), William Burns, told the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday that China is the country’s biggest geopolitical foe and will be among his top priorities if confirmed.
"Today’s landscape is increasingly complicated and competitive … in which an adversarial, predatory Chinese leadership poses our biggest geopolitical test,” Burns said in prepared testimony for his confirmation hearing. “If confirmed, four crucial and inter-related priorities will shape my approach to leading CIA: China, technology, people, and partnerships.”
This comes after US President Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau said earlier in the day that they had agreed to coordinate on numerous mutual concerns, including countering Chinese influence.
On Tuesday, Bloomberg reported, citing officials familiar with the matter, that Katherine Tai, Biden’s pick for US Trade Representative (USTR), is expected to continue Trump's "get tough" approach on China though will be less bombastic than Trump USTR Robert Lighthizer.