Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told lawmakers Thursday that “the tide is turning” over China, as the United States has pushed the push to increase international pressure on the regime. communist on issues from property theft to international surveillance to Chinese repression of freedoms in Hong Kong.
“We see the Chinese Communist Party for what it is: the central threat of our times. Our vigorous diplomacy has helped lead the international revival to the CCP threat,” Pompeo said at a Committee hearing. Senate Foreign Relations on State Department budget. “Senators, the tide is turning.”
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The Trump administration has been stepping up pressure against Chinese flu around the world since the outbreak of COVID-19, which began in China and drew accusations that the government covered the seriousness of the virus until it was too late and the virus has become a global pandemic.
Pompeo said that, as part of that effort, more than 30 countries and territories have become “Clean Countries” 5G in banning Chinese vendors not trusted by their 5G networks. The UK recently announced that it has changed its position by allowing Huawei into its networks, a move praised by the US
He also noted the support from countries to denounce China’s national security law, which is being used to remedy freedoms in Hong Kong. He went on to cite opposition from Australia to a Chinese move in the South China Sea, as well as other countries taking action to push back against Chinese security threats.
“It is also the momentum it is building to mitigate CCP threats in multilateral environments,” he said. “All 10 ASEAN nations have insisted that the South China Sea dispute must be resolved on the basis of international law, including [United Nations Convention for the Law of the Sea]. Japan has led the G7 condemnation of China’s national security law targeting Hong Kong. The EU also condemned the law, and also declared China a “systemic rival” last year. “
He went on to say that “on the American side, no administration, Republican or Democratic, has been as aggressive in confronting China’s malicious actions as President Trump’s.”
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“The Justice Department is sharing with the Chinese [intellectual property] We sanctioned Chinese leaders for their brutality in Xinjiang, imposed export controls on companies that support it, and warned American companies to use slave labor in their supply chains, “he said.
He also cited the US move to close the Chinese consulate in Houston, calling it a “den of spies” and the end of special arrangements for Hong Kong.
The hearing comes a day after Big Tech CEOs were questioned at a House hearing, and were often asked questions related to Chinese influence and their connections to the Chinese government.
Pompeo said it was “very clear to anyone who is seeing that the Chinese are engaged in intense smart property theft efforts, including for technology.”
Elsewhere he was asked by Senate Democrats about allegations that Russia had paid subsidies to Taliban fighters to kill American troops in Afghanistan.
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Pompeo was asked by Senator Bob Menendez, DN.J., if he had raised the issue to Russian officials, and Pompeo said he raised “all issues that put some Americans at risk” for the Secretary of State. Russian foreigner Sergey Lavrov.
Pompeo later pointed to military action taken against 300 Russian mercenaries who were advancing on U.S. forces in Syria in 2019. Those warriors “are no longer on this planet,” Pompeo said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.