Pompeo Says America Will No Longer Tolerate China’s Behavior

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On Thursday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo explained how America was no longer going to tolerate China’s behavior, and he called on leaders of other countries to do the same.

Pompeo began. “My goal today is to put it all together for the American people and detail what the China threat means for our economy, for our liberty, and indeed for the future of free democracies around the world.”

“Next year marks half a century since Dr. Kissinger’s secret mission to China, and the 50th anniversary of President Nixon’s trip isn’t too far away in 2022.” Pompeo said. “The world was much different then.”

“We imagined engagement with China would produce a future with bright promise of comity and cooperation.” Pompeo continued. “But today – today we’re all still wearing masks and watching the pandemic’s body count rise because the CCP failed in its promises to the world. We’re reading every morning new headlines of repression in Hong Kong and in Xinjiang.”

“We’re seeing staggering statistics of Chinese trade abuses that cost American jobs and strike enormous blows to the economies all across America, including here in southern California.” Pompeo continued. “And we’re watching a Chinese military that grows stronger and stronger, and indeed more menacing.”

“We must admit a hard truth that should guide us in the years and decades to come, that if we want to have a free 21st century, and not the Chinese century of which Xi Jinping dreams, the old paradigm of blind engagement with China simply won’t get it done.” Pompeo continued. “We must not continue it and we must not return to it….”

“China ripped off our prized intellectual property and trade secrets, causing millions of jobs all across America.” Pompeo said. “It sucked supply chains away from America, and then added a widget made of slave labor….”

“It’s time. It’s great to be here today. The timing is perfect. It’s time for free nations to act. Not every nation will approach China in the same way, nor should they.” Pompeo said. “Every nation will have to come to its own understanding of how to protect its own sovereignty, how to protect its own economic prosperity, and how to protect its ideals from the tentacles of the Chinese Communist Party.”

“But I call on every leader of every nation to start by doing what America has done – to simply insist on reciprocity, to insist on transparency and accountability from the Chinese Communist Party.” Pomeo added. “It’s a cadre of rulers that are far from homogeneous.”