As the world continues to devolve into a tangled web of international tension, a new report out of China could put their relationship with the U.S. on the line.
While the United States and China remain hesitant allies, especially in the face of a growing threat from North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, tensions between the two superpowers have certainly remained dicey to say the least. Now, with news breaking about the possible execution of CIA assets in the Asian nation, the rift between Washington and Beijing seems wider than ever.
“More than a dozen CIA sources in China were killed or imprisoned between 2010 and 2012 after US spy operations were compromised, the New York Times reports.
“The highly-effective crack down, described by current and former US officials as one of the worst intelligence breaches in decades, sparked a joint CIA-FBI investigation into how the sources’ identities became known to the Chinese.
“’Some were convinced that a mole within the C.I.A. had betrayed the United States,’ the article states. ‘Others believed that the Chinese had hacked the covert system the C.I.A. used to communicate with its foreign sources. Years later, that debate remains unresolved.’
“Between late 2010 and late 2012 more than a dozen CIA assets were killed – one of whom who was shot in a courtyard outside a government building – while 18 to 20 were imprisoned by China, three officials said.”
Such a cataclysmic catharsis has not been seen on the world stage in several decades, with many experts purporting that a purge of this magnitude hasn’t occurred since the height of the Cold War.
Now, with a common interest in deflating the ego and aspirations of Kim Jong Un, it remains to be seen if the United States and China will be able to play nice together.