In a recent interview with Fox News‘s “Sunday Morning Futures,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the recent actions of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) show that its officials are actively seeking to harm the United States and its Western allies.
Pompeo said the president is ready to respond to the CCP’s aggression, which he said has increased over time. “So it’s a different Chinese Communist Party today than it was 10 years ago,” Pompeo said.
Commenting on President Trump’s recent remarks in the White House Rose Garden, Pompeo said, “I think the remarks that President Trump gave on Friday of this past week reflect that this is a Chinese Communist Party that has come to view itself as intent upon the destruction of Western ideas, Western democracies, Western values. It puts Americans at risk,” he added.
The United States wants an open and constructive relationship with the CCP, Donald Trump said Friday, May 29, but stressed that in order to achieve that, national interests must first be vigorously defended. “The Chinese government has continually violated its promises to us and many other nations,” he said.
As Fox News noted, both Trump and Pompeo questioned the CCP’s theft of U.S. intellectual property, and in light of the current situation in Hong Kong, they announced policy changes to eliminate the special treatment they once accorded Hong Kong.
Sanctions and more sanctions
The sanctioning measures taken by the U.S. government come after Beijing decided to implement a bill that prohibits secession, terrorism, and foreign intervention, directly affecting the autonomy of the city and its capacity for self-administration.
“He’s asked us to review every preferential treatment that Hong Kong had and work to eliminate. It no longer makes sense if the Chinese are going to treat Hong Kong the same way that they treat mainland China, there’s no basis for the United States to treat it differently as well,” Pompeo said.
Pompeo said that European allies will see how convenient it is to keep the CCP under control, whether for reasons of information theft or the impact of the pandemic that originated in the city of Wuhan and its coverup of the outbreak.
“I think the populations in those countries are now seeing most clearly the risk the Chinese Communist Party presents,” Pompeo said.
Communism at work
“This is what authoritarian regimes do. They steal information. They deny freedom of expression. They oppress their people and they present risk to people all across the world. Democracies behave completely differently,” he added.
So Pompeo is confident that Europeans can see what the CCP has done and they can work together with the United States and help build each other’s economies, protect the people, and keep the whole world a place where the CCP cannot dominate.
Pompeo spoke about his hope that Congress will support the measures taken by President Trump. According to Fox News, so far there are a number of bills introduced in Congress against the CCP.
“Many of these are bipartisan bills. This is something that I think people all across the political spectrum understand is a real risk,” Pompeo added.