The Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, warned Americans about the increase in espionage and propaganda campaigns by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in the country.
The growing influence is expressed mainly in “CCP influence and spying campaigns at the municipal and city levels,” Pompeo said in Madison, Wisconsin, on Sept. 23, according to the Department of State.
China’s main objective is to “foment the kind of strife we’ve seen in Minneapolis, and Portland, and Kenosha,” Pompeo said. “That’s disgusting. We can’t let that happen.”
“CCP campaigns targeting state-level officials, and local interests, have been in full swing for years, and they’re increasing in intensity,” Pompeo said. And he said, “The Party and its proxies want Americans to be receptive to Beijing’s form of authoritarianism.”
In the same session, he commented on the contribution of Republican Sens. Steve Nass and Dale Kooyenga, both from Wisconsin.
For the senators, the CCP has increased its control over the last 20 years, and instead of taking advantage of the opportunity, it is violating the rights of the Uighurs, increasing repression in Hong Kong, and intervening militarily in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.
As examples of CCP propaganda, Pompeo cited the CCP’s interest in having its consulates pressure local officials to pass laws and resolutions to improve Beijing’s image.
This could be praising China’s response to the CCP Virus pandemic or trying to diminish U.S. ties with the Taiwanese government.
No less damaging would be the CCP’s efforts to divide the nation as the Nov. 3 elections approach, using hacker attacks and social media campaigns.
These events made Pompeo reiterate his warning to Americans and state and local authorities. Americans should be more vigilant about these spy operations, Pompeo said. “Know that when you are approached by a Chinese diplomat, it is likely not in the spirit of true cooperation or friendship.”
“Know that if you are offered a trip to China when pandemic travel restrictions are lifted, you should ask who is paying for that trip, and if they are linked—directly or indirectly—to the CCP,” Pompeo said in his speech, according to the State Department.
Finally, Pompeo said that the Trump administration is focusing its efforts on President Donald Trump’s “America First” motto, in the belief that its successes will benefit the people of all countries.
“A successful, prosperous, free America is an absolute pillar for the same kind of opportunities for people all across the world,” Pompeo concluded.