Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ratcheted the Trump administration’s criticism of China to new heights Sunday, asserting the Chinese Communist Party has grow to be “much more aggressive” over the previous decade in makes an attempt to undermine America on the world stage.
“This is a Chinese Communist Party that has come to view itself as intent upon the destruction of Western ideas, Western democracies [and] Western values,” Mr. Pompeo stated in an interview with Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures.”
“It puts Americans at risk,” the secretary of state stated, asserting that the record of actions taken by the federal government in Beijing is “long, whether it’s stealing American intellectual property, destroying hundreds and millions of jobs here in the United States, or their efforts to put at risk sea lanes in the South China Sea, denying commercial traffic the opportunity to move through, armed encampments in places that China has no right to be.”
“For the first time,” Mr. Pompeo stated, “we have a President of the United States who is prepared to push back against that and protect the American people.”
He praised Mr. Trump’s announcement Friday that the administration is getting ready to impose sanctions on China over its announcement of a brand new state safety regulation geared toward crushing dissent and democracy in Hong Kong. The president made the announcement after the State Department declared that Washington formally assesses that Hong Kong now not enjoys the authorized and financial freedoms China promised it will tolerate when Great Britain gave the territory again to Beijing again in 1997.
The back-and-forth over Hong Kong marked the most recent in Washington-Beijing tensions which have risen all through Mr. Trump’s time in workplace, underscored by the president’s imposition of tariffs geared toward drawing China right into a extra equitable commerce relationship with the United States.
The tensions have soared within the COVID-19 period, with the Trump administration accusing Beijing of mismanaging and mendacity concerning the virus after it originated in China. U.S. officers say Beijing has engaged in a disinformation marketing campaign geared toward blaming the virus on Washington in a bid to undermine America’s picture around the globe.
“They’ve become more aggressive in their efforts to do disinformation campaigns like we saw when the coronavirus was moving around the world, when they closed down their own province but allowed travel around the world, infecting hundreds of thousands of people,” Mr. Pompeo stated Sunday. “We saw the disinformation of that campaign trying to deflect attention.”
“We’ve seen their increased cyber activity as well, their efforts to be in a position to do true destructive harm in different places all across the world,” the secretary of state stated. “This is a Chinese Communist Party that is very aggressive.”
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