Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told lawmakers on Thursday that the “tide was heading” for China as the United States led efforts to increase international pressure on the communist regime on issues ranging from property theft to international surveillance to Chinese violence against freedoms in Hong Kong.
“We see the Chinese Communist Party and what it is: the central threat to our time. “Our vigorous diplomacy has helped lead the international awakening to the CCP’s threat,” Pompeo said during a Senate hearing on the State Department’s budget committee. “Senators, the tide is turning.”
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The Trump administration has stepped up pressure on Chinese influence around the world since the outbreak of COVID-19, which began in China and has accused the government of covering up the seriousness of the virus until it was too late and the virus became a global pandemic.
Pompeo said that as part of these efforts, more than 30 countries and territories have become 5G “clean countries” in banning distrust of Chinese providers from their 5G networks. The United Kingdom recently announced that it has changed its position to launch Huawei in its networks, a move praised by the United States
He also noted the support of the parties in the denunciation of the Chinese national security law, which is used to fight freedoms in Hong Kong. He went on to cite Australia’s opposition to Chinese moves in the South China Sea, as well as other countries that have taken action to repel security threats in China.
“Inertia is also being built to mitigate CCP threats in multilateral conditions,” he said. “All 10 ASEAN countries insist that disputes in the South China Sea must be resolved on the basis of international law, including [United Nations Convention for the Law of the Sea], Japan topped the G-7 condemnation of China’s national security law targeting Hong Kong. The EU also condemned the law and declared China a “systemic rival” only last year. “
He said that “no administration on the part of America, republican or democratic, is as aggressive in opposing China’s malignant actions as President Trump’s.”
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“The Ministry of Justice is falling apart with the Chinese [intellectual property] theft. “We have sanctioned Chinese leaders for their brutality in Xinjiang, imposed export controls on companies that support it, and warned American companies not to use slave labor in their supply chains,” he said.
He also cited US moves to close a Chinese consulate in Houston, calling it a “spy day” and ending special arrangements for Hong Kong.
The hearing comes a day after Big Tech executives were screened at a House hearing and often asked questions about Chinese influence and their ties to the Chinese government.
Pompeo said that “it is clearly clear to anyone who observes that the Chinese are involved in intensive efforts to steal property, including technology.”
Elsewhere, he was asked by Senate Democrats about allegations that Russia had paid a lot to Taliban fighters for killing US troops in Afghanistan.
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Pompeo was asked by Senator Bob Menendez, DN, if he had raised the issue with Russian officials, and Pompeo said he had raised “all issues that put Americans at risk” to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
Pompeo later cited military action against 300 Russian mercenaries advancing on US forces in Syria in 2019. These fighters “are no longer on this planet,” Pompeo said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.