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Trump administration declassifies unconfirmed intelligence on China bounties on US forces in Afghanistan: report


The #Trump administration is declassifying unconfirmed intelligence that indicates #China paid nonstate actors in #Afghanistan to attack U.S. soldiers, #Axios reported #Wednesday.

#Two senior administration officials told #Axios that the intelligence was included with #President #Trump#Donald #TrumpGeorgia signature audit finds no fraud in presidential election #Pompeo calls for release of #Chinese journalist jailed over coronavirus coverage #Pence refused to sign on to plan to overturn election, lawyers say MORE’s briefing on #Dec. 17. #Administration officials from multiple agencies are attempting to corroborate the information. #If the information is indeed true, it could drastically change #China’s relationship with the U.S. and heighten tensions between the two superpowers.

The officials who spoke to #Axios did not say where the information came from or what period of time it covered.

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#Axios noted that #China has mostly remained out of #Afghanistan while speaking to #Taliban officials about peace deals. #However, #Chinese-made weapons and funding have intermittently made their way to #Afghanistan, the news outlet reported.

#Andrew #Small, an expert on #China-Afghanistan affairs, told #Axios that such actions were not in line with #China’s typical policies, noting that peace in #Afghanistan is one area where the U.S. and #China typically agree.

“They know the drawdown is taking place. #We’re not in the context where anything else needs to happen to US troops in #Afghanistan. There is no reason to create additional pressure on US forces,” said #Small.

#This report comes months after uncorroborated intelligence came out that #Russia had offered bounties on U.S. troops in #Afghanistan. #Trump was condemned by lawmakers for his apparent reluctance to acknowledge or confront #Russia on the reports.

#According to #Axios, it is unclear whether #President-elect #Joe #Biden#Joe #BidenGeorgia signature audit finds no fraud in presidential election #Pence refused to sign on to plan to overturn election, lawyers say #New #Lincoln #Project ad shows #Trump border wall built from tombstones of COVID-19 victims MORE or any members of #Congress have similarly been briefed on this information, though #Biden has access to the #President’s #Daily #Brief.

#If the intelligence ultimately cannot be corroborated, the decision to declassify it would fall into question, #Axios noted.





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https://thehill.com/news-by-subject/foreign-policy/532175-trump-admin-declassifies-intel-on-china-bounties-on-us-forces

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