Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blasted China in an address at the Richard Nixon Presidential library, announcing that the US would be taking a tough new stance toward the communist country.
Pompeo warned Americans about the danger of ‘bending the knee’ to the totalitarian regime, something that he insisted would no longer be happening under the Trump administration.
As Fox News reports:
Declaring at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library that “the old paradigm of blind engagement with China has failed,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday announced a new approach toward the Chinese Communist Party (CCP): “Distrust but verify.”
In stark and sobering remarks, Pompeo warned Americans that “if we bend the knee now, our children’s children may be at the mercy of the CCP, whose actions are the primary challenge to the free world.”
Pompeo’s address came a day after the FBI revealed that the CCP has implemented a “program” to secretly and illegally plant military researchers in several U.S. universities to pilfer sensitive materials. Earlier in the week, the State Department announced that China’s consulate in Houston would be closed, with Pompeo saying the complex was “a hub of spying and IP theft.” China has vowed retaliation…
“Communists always lie, but the biggest lie is that the Chinese Communist Party speaks for 1.4 billion people who are surveilled, oppressed, and scared to speak out,” Pompeo remarked. “Quite the contrary. The CCP fears the Chinese people’s honest opinions more than any foreign foe. And save for losing their own grip on power, they have no reason to.”
.@SecPompeo: The old paradigm of blind engagement with China has failed. As President @realDonaldTrump has made clear, we need a strategy that protects the American economy and our way of life. The free world must triumph over this new tyranny. pic.twitter.com/rFQLATSxcd
— Department of State (@StateDept) July 23, 2020