In an important speech on July 23, at the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, California, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pointed strongly at the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), expressing the imbalance in diplomatic relations and urging free countries to join forces to stop Chinese leader Xi Jinping from gain global dominance.
Pompeo spoke again about the CCP amid growing tensions between the two powers. His speech at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, he said we need to say “enough” to the Chinese Communist Party and urged free countries to join forces to achieve this.
The speech was the fourth in a series of speeches by administration officials to explain what Pompeo calls “America’s relationship with China [the CCP], the massive imbalances in that relationship.”
In his account, he spoke about the beginnings of U.S. diplomatic relations with communist China during the 1970s, when President Nixon intended to “induce change” in the CCP’s behavior toward a freer country by opening up its bankrupt economy to the world. But Pompeo said, “The world was much different then.”
Pompeo strongly emphasized the threat that Chinese Communist Party poses to the economy, freedom, and the future of democracies in the United States and the free world.
“President Nixon once said he feared he had created a ‘Frankenstein’ by opening the world to the CCP, and here we are,” Pompeo said.
He also said that “blind engagement” with CCP did not work and that “the freedom-loving nations of the world, must induce China to change … in more creative and assertive ways, because Beijing’s actions threaten our people and our prosperity.”
“The truth is that our policies—and those of other free nations—resurrected China’s failing economy, only to see Beijing bite the international hands that were feeding it,” Pompeo said.
He also said the CCP’s military had become “stronger and stronger” and that the focus on Beijing should be “distrust and verify,” adapting President Ronald Reagan’s “trust but verify” motto about the Soviet Union in the 1980s. But he did not say the United States would break diplomatic ties with China. “Now, to be clear, we’ll keep on talking. But the conversations are different these days.”
He said the CCP has responded to special economic treatment by remaining silent about its human rights abuses and stealing intellectual property, costing Americans their jobs.
Tensions between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party have risen sharply in recent weeks amid a pandemic of the CCP Virus, Beijing’s decision to restrict freedoms in Hong Kong, continuing trade tensions, and territorial claims in the South China Sea.
On Tuesday, July 21, Washington ordered the CCP to close its consulate in Houston, “to protect American intellectual property and Americans’ private information.”
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin called the closure order “malicious slander” and said the move was “unreasonable” and had “severely damaged” relations.
In response, the CCP recently ordered the closure of the United States consulate in the western city of Chengdu, thus returning the same currency.
“We know that trading with China is not like trading with a normal, law-abiding nation” Pompeo said, in relation to how Beijing takes international agreements as a means to global domination.
Echoing comments he made after meeting with British leaders in London this week, Pompeo said, “Maybe it’s time for a new grouping of like-minded nations, a new alliance of democracies.” He added “If the free world doesn’t change—doesn’t change, communist China will surely change us.”