U.S. spy chiefs warn of unparalleled China threat

"(China) also has substantial cyber capabilities that if deployed, at a minimum, can cause localized, temporary disruptions to critical infrastructure inside the United States," Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines told the Senate Intelligence on Wednesday (April 14).

Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray told the committee, "We're opening a new investigation into China every ten hours, and I can ensure the committee that's not because our folks don't have anything to do with their time."

The appearance by Haines and the other intelligence agency directors was the first public "Worldwide Threats" hearing on global threats to the United States since January 2019. They were not held during the last two years of the administration of former President Donald Trump, who often clashed with the nation's security agencies.