American intelligence experts warned against a growing alliance between Russia and China as both nations seek to compete against the United States.
The experts voiced their concerns Tuesday during the “Worldwide Threat” hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
The Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats weighed in during the hearing saying, “Moscow’s relationship with Beijing is closer than it has been in many decades.”
According to the intelligence assessment, both Beijing and Moscow seek to gain strength militarily and technologically.
The report continues by suggesting the Kremlin seeks to heighten its influence across the globe as it becomes more involved in the Middle East and Asia.
The assessment also claims, “Some US allies and partners are seeking greater independence from Washington in response to their perceptions of changing US policies on security and trade.”
Coates also suggested China and Russia could try to influence the next presidential election in 2020.