Thursday December 31, 2020
Intelligence reports to Trump
Did China offer bounties to US soldiers?
In the summer rumors were circulating about a possible Russian bounty on US soldiers in Afghanistan. Now there are similar allegations against China. According to the US media, President Trump has relevant intelligence dossiers. Washington apparently wants to release the findings soon.
The incumbent US President Donald Trump has been informed about alleged findings of the secret services, which are likely to further strain the American relationship with China. There are indications that China is said to have offered non-state actors in Afghanistan money for attacks on US soldiers in the country, reported the news website “Axios” and the TV broadcaster CNN on Wednesday, citing high-ranking government officials. Trump’s government intends to release the previously unconfirmed findings.
It was initially unclear whether Trump’s successor in the White House was also informed about the information about China. Democrat Joe Biden, whose inauguration is scheduled for January 20, is also receiving briefings from the secret services.
In the summer, reports of alleged intelligence about Russian bounties on US soldiers in Afghanistan upset Washington. Trump had always rejected the reports as “fake news”. The “New York Times” reported at the time, citing government circles, that agents of the Russian Military Intelligence Service (GRU) had given fighters of the radical Islamic Taliban and criminals close to them money for fatal attacks on US and NATO soldiers stationed in Afghanistan. Both Russia and the Taliban rejected the allegations at the time.
Relations between the US and China are extremely tense because of Beijing’s tough course in Hong Kong, the persecution of the Uyghur minority and American sanctions. The coronavirus pandemic, which had a devastating impact on the US economy and killed hundreds of thousands of people, made things worse.