In a fiery speech on Wednesday, Oct. 30, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned that the hostile ideology of the Chinese Communist Party is threatening American values and urged the United States to “take on the challenge” of China “head-on.”

“Today, we’re finally realizing the degree to which the Chinese Communist Party is truly hostile to the United States and our values, and its worse deeds and words and how they impact us,” Pompeo said while receiving the Hudson Institute’s 2019 Herman Kahn Award in New York City.

Pompeo stressed, “The American people didn’t get the full story” for decades when the U.S. accommodated China’s rise in the hope the country would become more free and democratic. He said that downplaying the “ideological differences” ultimately was at “the expense of American values, Western democracy, and security, and good common sense.”

Pompeo said China must be confronted on numerous issues, including its “unfair and predatory” trade practices, its human rights record, and its aggression in the South and East China Sea, which threaten its smaller neighbors.

“The Chinese Communist Party is a Marxist-Leninist Party focused on struggle and international domination,” he said in his speech.

Pompeo’s fiery remarks came amid tense relations between the two nations, last month the United States imposed visa restrictions on Chinese officials involved in a massive crackdown against Uighurs and other Muslim minorities.

Communist officials pushed back the repression claim and abuse allegations, saying, “Demonizing China and inciting confrontation with it have become ‘politically correct’ in some circles. … As for the attempt to demonize China, it only reveals the darkness of the perpetrators themselves,” reported the Washington Examiner.

Pompeo framed the ideological enmity of Chinese Communist Party as an attempt to dominate the world with “an entirely different model of governance.”

“It’s one in which a Leninist Party rules and everyone must think and act according to the will of the Communist elites,” Pompeo said. “That’s not a future that I want, I think it’s not a future that anyone in this room wants, it’s not a future that other democracies want, and it’s not a future that the people of China—the freedom-loving people of China everywhere don’t want this model.”

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