World 'We sat on this for five decades': Pompeo says US leadership has failed to understand the threat of China
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said United States leadership should've done more to recognize the growing global threat of the Chinese Communist Party.
In an, Pompeo discussed the Trump administration's approach to foreign policy with a focus on its adversaries and discussed China's growing influence.
"I think political leadership has failed the American people in this regard for many, many years, misunderstanding what it was that the Chinese Communist Party has as its intention," Pompeo said. "In America, sometimes we discount these things. Just listen to what General Secretary Xi Jinping says, and you can predict and watch what the Chinese actions are likely to be."
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Secretary of State Michael Pompeo is ramping up his domestic appearances before overwhelmingly Republican audiences, raising criticism that he’s going on the campaign trail for President Donald Trump by taking part in events that previous top U.S. diplomats would have avoided. © POOL/AFP via Getty Images Mike Pompeo on Sept. 21. Pompeo will be in Wisconsin on Wednesday to address the Republican-controlled state legislature in a speech billed as warning of the threat that states face from China’s Communist Party.
Pompeo credited President Trump in speaking out against China in several ways, including its handling of the coronavirus pandemic. China faced major international criticism over its alleged "cover-up" and spread of disinformation related to COVID-19, which originated in Wuhan last year.
The Trump administration has tried to crack down on the country through the imposition of tariffs, attempts to support pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, and recent sanctions China's northwestern region of Xinjiang over accusations of its widespread abuses against Uighur Muslims.
Pompeo also disagreed with how the U.S. has handled its relationship with China since President Richard Nixon first opened up trade with the country in the 1970s.
Pompeo’s Swing-State Appearances Look a Lot Like Campaigning for Trump
The secretary of State has been touting the president’s agenda in key battlegrounds, violating norms and possibly the Hatch Act.While the secretary of State traditionally avoids participating in domestic politics, Pompeo’s Wisconsin visit was his fourth such event this month, according to the Associated Press. During his tenure, Pompeo has regularly flouted restrictions that former secretaries of State observed in an effort to comply with the Hatch Act, which prohibits federal employees from engaging in political activities.
"We were pushing back against essentially 50 years of U.S. policy with respect to China, since Nixon and Kissinger had gone to Beijing back in the early 1970s, where there was the theory of the case was if we just do more business with them, if we open up, they’ll become less hostile, less hegemonic in their desires and less authoritarian internally. That failed," Pompeo said.
Pompeo added that the first step to combat China is to discuss its threat openly, a move he believes the administration has been successful in doing.
"We have now begun to build out this global coalition to push back," Pompeo said. "It will take years. We sat on this for five decades. It will take years to accomplish this, but we have turned the corner. I believe that the tide has turned in terms of the recognition of the threat that this authoritarian regime in China presents."
Heading into the November election, Pompeo said he's hopeful to continue the policies the administration has pushed toward China. But if Trump is not reelected, he said he hopes the next administration will continue recognizing its threat.
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Since taking power in 2012, Chinese President Xi Jinping has helped cement China's position as a global superpower -- and pushed forward an aggressive foreign policy, making bolder moves in several key flashpoints across Asia. © Brad Lendon/CNN The Chinese-controlled artificial island of Mischief Reef in the South China Sea, as seen by CNN from a US reconnaissance plane on August 10. From the South China Sea to the Himalayan Sino-Indian border, and even in one of its own cities, China has doubled down on its claims of territory, and taken a harder line in response to perceived challenges.
"I hope if there’s a new administration, whether that’s four years from now or four months from now, this threat will be taken in the same level of seriousness and they are prepared for what may well be short-term costs for the American people and some risk to confront what is a long-term challenge to our fundamental way of life here in the United States," he said.
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On trip to China's backyard, Pompeo boosts anti-Beijing 'Quad' alliance .
The foreign ministers of the United States, Japan, Australia and India — known as the "Quad" alliance — last met in New York in 2019. "As partners in this Quad, it is more critical now than ever that we collaborate to protect our people and partners from the CCP's exploitation, corruption and coercion," Pompeo told reporters in Tokyo, referring to the ruling Chinese Communist Party."America stands with each of you," added Pompeo, a longtime critic of Beijing.China has previously denounced the grouping as an attempt to contain its development, and last week warned against "exclusive cliques.