John Demers, who heads the Justice Department’s counterintelligence effort, says European countries came very close to the White House’s position on the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the dangers of alliances with the CCP.
Prosecutor Demers holds the position of Deputy Attorney General. He said in a discussion at the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) that the recent actions of the CCP in Hong Kong regarding the new Security Law, and the atrocities that are coming to light over the persecution and killing of Uighurs in Xinjiang, have brought European countries closer to Washington’s position on the dangers posed by the CCP.
Demers stressed at the conference that despite the disagreements that exist with many of the European countries on different issues, they share the same political values with the United States. This common ground provides the basis for bridging any differences and agreeing to address atrocities and abuses committed by any country.
The United States government has already been working with the different EU countries and Britain by taking various actions to limit the progress and abuses of the Asian giant.
The State Department is working on a program called the “Clean Network.” It is working with European partners to develop digital standards to address “the long-term threat to data privacy, security, human rights and principled collaboration,” according to Attorney Demers.
Another recent development was the joint condemnation by the United States, the EU, Britain, and the United Nations of the arrest this week of Hong Kong media mogul Jimmy Lai Chee-ying under the authority of the new National Security Law recently imposed by the CCP in Hong Kong. The SCMP detailed the process of imprisoning the businessman and the international condemnation of the regime’s abuses.
They also added the various criticisms of the new Hong Kong Security Law made by authorities of international bodies such as those pointed out by the German media DW: “Market access for Chinese products could be blocked if China does not respect the international responsibilities and duties to which it has subscribed,” said Schulz, who served as head of the EU Parliament from 2012 to 2017.
For his part, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg joined the protest and said, “It is clear that China does not share our values, democracy, freedom, and the rule of law.
Demers also said that the CCP’s dealings with European countries during the spread of the CCP Virus in the region further weakened Beijing’s ties with the EU.
“China’s behavior during the coronavirus has actually helped move some folks into our camp, especially in Europe, by illustrating some of the risks” of engaging with the CCP, Demers said.
The official also criticized the CCP’s repeated actions in distributing assistance to European countries such as personal protective equipment, medicines, screening tests, while calling on countries to publicly thank them for the great help they received from “the wonderful country of China.” This disgraceful behavior was repeated in European countries as well as in the rest of the world.