Washington: A top US intelligence official has described China as the biggest threat to democracy and freedom worldwide since the second world war, saying it is bent on establishing global domination.
In his report, National Intelligence Director John Ratcliffe said that Chinese officials had "conducted human trials on members of the Chinese military" in hopes of developing troops with biologically enhanced capabilities.
"The intelligence report makes it clear that Beijing intends to dominate the US and other countries economically and militarily," Ratcliffe said in an article on the Wall Street Journal website.
Analysts say that China is the biggest threat to America today and the biggest threat to democracy and freedom since the second world war. He said that the annual budget of $ 85 billion has been transferred to Intelligence to focus on China.
Former Republican Congressman Ratcliffe said China's economic espionage approach is threefold. He said the strategy was for Chinese companies to steal the intellectual property of American companies, copy it and then suppress American companies in the global market.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on Wednesday that US allegations of technical theft were "lewd".
Beijing has called on US leaders to withdraw their rhetoric on China, which is attributed to fear of China's growing role in the world. Ratcliffe cited reports collected by US intelligence agencies that Chinese representatives have tried to interfere in US domestic politics.
He also alleged that China was created to steal US defense technology under an aggressive military modernization plan launched by President Xi Jinping.
Among other issues, Washington and Beijing have clashed over China's handling of the Corona virus outbreak, its strong hold over Hong Kong, its disputed claims in the South China Sea, trade in Xinjiang and allegations of human rights crimes.
China said on Thursday that politicians in the United States have been building up reports of forced Uigur Muslims being detained for labor in the Xinjiang region.