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CIA Weighs Creating Special China Unit in Bid to Out-Spy Beijing

  • Move would provide staff, funding for expanded China focus
  • Director Burns has pledged ‘intensified focus and urgency’
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WATCH: The CIA is weighing proposals to create an independent unit to gain greater insight into China, according to people familiar with the deliberations. Jodi Schneider reports.(Source: Bloomberg)

The Central Intelligence Agency is weighing proposals to create an independent “Mission Center for China” in an escalation of its efforts to gain greater insight into the U.S.’s top strategic rival, according to people familiar with the deliberations.

The proposal, part of a broader review of the agency’s China capabilities by CIA Director William Burns, would elevate the focus on China within the agency, where China has long been part of a broader “Mission Center for East Asia and Pacific.”