Biden CIA Director Burns Took Covert Trip To China: Report

  • CIA Director William Burns reportedly made a covert trip to China in May for meetings with officials in a bid to restore deteriorating relations between Washington and Beijing.
  • The trip was reported by the Financial Times, citing five anonymous officials familiar with the situation.
  • The visit to China is Burns’ first and the most senior by any Biden administration official, which suggests how concerned President Biden is over deepening rifts in official communication between the competing countries.
  • “Last month, director Burns traveled to Beijing where he met with Chinese counterparts and emphasized the importance of maintaining open lines of communications in intelligence channels,” a U.S. official told the FT, suggesting Burns met with Chinese intelligence officials.
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