The United States has to come to terms with the fact that it is no longer the “only big kid” on the geopolitical block, said Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director William Burns has said. Highlighting the rise of China, Burns said in a wide-ranging interview on Thursday with NPR that the US intelligence service may now have to forward-deploy its “China specialists” to compete effectively with Beijing.

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“…I am exploring right now, to forward-deploy China specialists – whether it is operations officers, analysts, technologists as well – to make us more effective in that competition, in that rivalry in the field as well,” CIA director William Burns was quoted as saying in the NPR interview.

China is the biggest geopolitical challenge to the US in the 21st century, Burns said, adding that the technology sector is the biggest area of…

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