US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo argues that the economic power that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) holds to nations around the world is a greater threat than what Russia inflicted during the Cold War.
“What’s happening now is not the Cold War 2.0,” Pompeo said in a speech to the Czech Senate on Wednesday. “The challenge of countering the CCP’s threat is in a way much more difficult.”
“That’s because the CCP is already present in our economy, in our politics, in our society in ways that the Soviet Union has never had before.”
Comparing the Cold War to the heightened tensions in US-China relations began earlier this summer when the UK formally canceled the deal with China to allow Huawei to participate in UK development of 5G capabilities.
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Chinese Ambassador to the UK Liu Xiaoqing blamed US intervention for “serious poisoning” Anglo-China relations and warned London officials against “Cold War” agents. “- refers to Pompeo, who took action to prevent European countries from allowing Huawei to develop their 5G technology.
US security officials have warned of the possibility that China requires access to the telecommunications company’s database based in China, allowing China to get involved in wherever Huawei uses it. to develop the next generation of mobile networks, 5G.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told reporters late last month: “The real reason behind Pompeo’s hostility towards Chinese companies has nothing to do with national security or public security. owner, free, fair or reciprocal. “That’s just because they are Chinese companies and pioneers in their business.”
The US-China relationship has deteriorated over the past six months, which Pompeo noted in his speech to the Czech Senate when he pointed out China’s “cover-up” during the coronavirus outbreak, the security laws. New security in Hong Kong undermined the autonomous territory and human rights violation against the Uighurs, an ethnic minority group in western China.
“The detention of 1 million Uighur Muslims living in detention centers in Xiang … is a stigma of human rights of the century, maintained by companies like Huawei using the technologies that police have.” Secret can only dream of passing time, ”Pompeo told Czech Senate.
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The Czech Republic, along with 32 other countries, joined together under the Prague Proposal in May 2019 to ban Huawei and pledge to implement the “Clean 5G Road”, which is a data protection program of country away from the CCP.
Pompeo said that it will take longer for other countries to recognize the threats from China.
“China’s world domination is not inevitable, we are the author of our own destiny. Free societies are always more attractive – your people know this, ”Pompeo said, speaking to the Czech Senate, noting his time in the US Army when he served in Germany when the Berlin Wall fall.
The CCP is “paranoid about free societies,” he added.
Pompeo’s remarks in the Czech Republic on security in Eastern Europe mark the first of many stops he will make in the region to address energy and cybersecurity, as well as threats Threats are mostly from Russia and China.
His visit to Eastern Europe comes just weeks after the US announced it would pull 12,000 troops from longtime ally Germany, some of which will be reallocated in the Black Sea region.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper said the sudden withdrawal was a strategic policy shift aimed at “strengthening NATO, [and] enhancing deterrence for Russia ”.
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“The tide has changed, just as I see it here in Europe as well. The West is winning, don’t let anyone tell you about the decline of the West, ”Pompeo said Wednesday.
“We will all… be here in Prague, in Poland, in Portugal. We have a duty to speak clearly and understandably to our people, and not to be afraid. We have to deal with complex questions… and we have to do the same together, ”he added.