CIA Director Says China Is Scrambling After America’s Response To Putin

( CIA Director William Burns said on Tuesday that the Chinese Communist Party is concerned by the sheer strength shown by the United States in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Following a series of extremely damaging sanctions for Russia, which has effectively shut off the country from the West and caused the national economy to collapse, China is now reportedly considering the impact of such sanctions on its own economy.

The damage done to Russia may even impact how the Chinese Communist Party goes ahead with its rumored plans to invade Taiwan.

“I do think that they’ve been surprised and unsettled to some extent by what they’ve seen in Ukraine over the last 12 days,” Burns told the House Intelligence Committee.

He explained that sanctions like these, should they be levied against China, could also cause considerable damage and that the sanctions against Russia have already had an “impact on Chinese calculus” regarding their plans for Taiwan.

While it sounds like good news, he did also warn that the West should not underestimate Chinese President Xi Jinping and his government’s determination to eventually conquer Taiwan.

A report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which is released annually, also said this month that China is the primary threat to the United States this year and that the Chinese Communist Party will “work to press Taiwan on unification, undercut U.S. influence, drive wedges between Washington and its partners, and foster some norms that favor its authoritarian system.”

China may be shocked…but their determination could drive them to take the same action as Russian President Vladimir Putin.