U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday, Dec. 18,  that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is a threat that has grown uncontested for two decades and needs to be addressed.

During an interview with The Washington Times, Pompeo highlighted the key role of President Donald Trump’s administration in telling the world about the threat posed by the CCP regime, “We were asleep (…) for a couple of decades as this threat continued to grow, and I think President Trump set the conditions where we could go speak around the world and talk to our colleagues around the world to demonstrate to them that—while there is a huge opportunity to sell goods in China and create good things for the Chinese people—the Chinese Communist Party presents real risks, and to begin to think materially, concretely, substantively about how to respond to it.”

Pompeo, a West Point graduate and former businessman, wanted to differentiate between the CCP and the Chinese people, who see all aspects of their lives dominated by what he called an “authoritarian regime and a combination of Marxist-Leninist ideology and Han Chinese nationalism.”

He added that the CCP “denies basic freedoms to its people—whether it’s the egregious activities that take place in Xinjiang, or the Chinese Communist Party’s failure and rejection to live up to their commitments in Hong Kong.”

Pompeo pointed out that it is important to differentiate between the party apparatus—which controls the flow of information, controls military activity and which has now imposed a draconian system of social credit “to change the behavior of the population”—from the Chinese people.

“It’s important that the United States recognize the greatness of the people of China and their capacity for desiring freedom and wanting nothing more than to live their lives,” he said, adding, “The Chinese Communist Party that has a very different mission set.”

On the trade front, the secretary of state said the White House does not want to disassociate itself from China, but demands that the Beijing regime comply with commitments to fair trade, reciprocity, and transparency.

“The decoupling will only occur if China decides not to engage in trade in that way. That will be their country’s decision,” Pompeo added, just one week after the two countries reached a Phase One trade agreement that will stop new tariffs that were scheduled to take effect in December.  

The American people have not heard the ‘full story’ of the CCP

According to Pompeo, the full story of the serious human rights violations perpetrated by the Chinese communist regime has not been heard in the United States.

The severe repression of ethnic and religious minorities such as the Uighurs, Christians, or Falun Gong practitioners has long been silenced.

A recent panel of experts and lawyers at the China Court in London concluded that the Chinese communist regime has been murdering Falun Gong practitioners and harvesting their organs to sell for transplants.

The court said on June 17 that it had clear evidence and welcomed further investigations into possible genocide.

“I think it’s important that people understand the truth about what’s going on there,” Pompeo said in an October speech at the Hudson Institute on the occasion of the Herman Kahn awards.

One of the reasons why real information about what is happening in China does not reach the American people, Pompeo said, is because the communist regime hires former top officials to lobby for Beijing as part of information and influence operations.

“There are significant Chinese government resources being used to shape the narratives of what is happening and what the relationship between the United States and China should be,” Pompeo warned.

“These debates must take place in the context of the facts and not be dominated by some faction that has an interest in doing something that may well benefit them but that cumulatively does not benefit the United States of America,” he added.

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