US and China spy on each other more and more

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September 2023
China and the US are increasing their efforts to spy on each other as relations between the world’s two superpowers become more tense.

Spying activity by China and the US is more extensive than spying between Americans and Soviets during the Cold War that ended three decades ago, reports The New York Times.

As China and the US compete to increase their influence on world politics, they’re spying on each other to find out what leaders in the rival country are thinking and how much military and technological power they have.

Officials in both countries point fingers at each other saying the other has a bigger spying operation.

Spying can provide politicians with information they need to avert war. On the other hand, spying can also increase tensions as countries don’t like it when their secrets are stolen.

Reference shelf:
In Risky Hunt for Secrets, U.S. and China Expand Global Spy Operations (New York Times)

Warning Over China Spy Threat to U.S. Congress (Newsweek)

China has become a tough target for U.S. spies (NBC News)

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