The greatest challenge for the U.S. and European allies is the aggression of the People’s Republic of China, declared Vice President Mike Pence on the 70th anniversary of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
“Determining how to meet the challenge of Chinese 5G technology, meet the challenge of the easy money offered by China’s belt and road initiative, is a challenge European allies must contend with every day,” Pence said at the event in Washington on Wednesday.
The statement strengthens his tweet on the same day: “China’s expanding influence will necessarily demand more of America’s attention and resources. As we meet that challenge, our European allies must do more to maintain the strength and deterrence of the @NATO Alliance.”
China’s expanding influence will necessarily demand more of America’s attention and resources. As we meet that challenge, our European allies must do more to maintain the strength and deterrence of the @NATO Alliance.
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) April 3, 2019
In a speech at the U.S. Congress on Wednesday, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg acknowledged the “real impact” of President Trump in pushing allies to expand their defense spending.
“NATO allies must spend more on defense. This has been the clear message from President Trump, and this message is having a real impact,” Stoltenberg said. “All allies have increased their defense spending. Before they were cutting billions, and now they’re adding billions.”
The warning from Pence was delivered to NATO while the Trump administration is pushing back the aggression of China in various fields.
“Under President Trump, the United States has finally recognized the comprehensiveness of the challenge from China and is taking action on a number of fronts at the same time,” former Sen. Jim Talent from Missouri wrote on Fox News. “President Trump understands that China aspires to become a regional hegemon, and that it is accumulating vast wealth and power through illicit tactics: economic aggression, military coercion, and the corruption and subversion of the governing process in other countries.”
President Trump’s tough lines on China, which have not been seen for decades, are pushing Beijing to comply to international trade standards, benefiting the United States and the world.
“For instance, China is hurriedly pushing through a new law ending the practice of forced technology transfers and violations of foreign companies’ intellectual property rights—something the United States has made a key priority in the current trade talks,” Dr. Gina Loudon, Ph.D., wrote on Washington Examiner.
The Trump administration’s hard stance policy toward China was clearly publicized in a strong speech by Vice President Pence at the Hudson Institute on Oct. 4, 2018.
“In this strategy, President Trump made clear that the United States of America has adopted a new approach to China,” Pence said in the speech. “Our message to China’s rulers is this: This president will not back down.”
The vice president stated, “Our administration is going to continue to act decisively to protect America’s interests, American jobs, and American security.”