U.S. intelligence is investigating, though without revealing more details at this time, some suspicious maneuvers by the Chinese government, which would try to use spies and cyberpirates to steal the development of a coronavirus vaccine or antiviral. Nothing new: The White House has long insisted on the theoretical danger posed by a Chinese-led 5-G technology, which State Department experts say could be used as a Trojan horse to pierce national security. Not to mention the countless complaints from US negotiators to their Chinese counterparts about the inveterate attacks on intellectual property.

As for the medical investigation into the pandemic, the alarm signal came from the pages of “The New York Times”, little suspected of cultivating the paranoia and conspiracies encouraged by media closer to President Trump. The New York dean writes about the concerns of the FBI, the U.S. Cyber Command, and the Department of Homeland Security, who are even working on a kind of warning to prevent the imminent theft.

In the background, of course, there is the tide of continuous disputes between the two nations, incriminating crosses and denunciations both of the origin of the coronavirus and of the role it played during the epidemic’s rise. Not to mention the tug-of-war in the trade talks, which have been open for more than a year and are decisive in avoiding a possible economic war. Less desirable than ever in the midst of the great recession associated with the health crisis, although at times inevitable given the turbulence generated both by the management of the epidemic in the U.S. and by the electoral horizon that lurks in the autumn.

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