Pompeo: The Chinese Communist Party ‘Is Inside the Gates'
'This is a deep effort that has been going on for 50 years'
Secretary of State Michael Pompeo warned of the Chinese Communist Party's threat, noting they are “inside the gates” during an address to lawmakers on Friday.
Pompeo told conservative Republican members that he is aware of the threat posed by China, but he did not appreciate “the scope and the scale and the nature” of the close proximity of the threat until he became the director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
“This fight is inside the gates today … Containing where they are today, leave them in our institutions of higher learning," Pompeo said.
"It leaves them in our high schools; it leaves them in our PTA groups. It leaves them inside our city councils and our state legislatures all across America," he added.
"This is a deep effort that has been going on for 50 years,” he said.
"Republicans and Democrats alike refuse to deal with it, and we started to and did."
“We not only got it right, and frankly, I think there is some bipartisan basis, I hope, that we can continue to get this right,” he continued.
Pompeo said the Trump administration had built an “enormous coalition” with the Indians, Japanese, Australians, the South Koreans, and parts of Eruproe to tackle China.
He added that in the light of this, 20 international telecommunications companies have now denied Chinese technology in their system.
“This is about the West and our ideas. This is not the United States versus China, and we have to get this right, and we need partners and friends to do it,” he said.
“A substantial number of international businesses have seen the political risk in China as different from what they thought it was three or four years ago."
"This is a place that has fundamentally shifted under Xi Jinping in a way that is different from the Chinese Communist Party of even 20 years ago.”
He also acknowledged a financial cost involved in pushing back against the Chinese communist regime but urged them to be upfront with constituents on this risk associated with dealing with China.
“You all need to remind everyone that if your kids and grandkids desire to live in a Western society, one that is not dominated by Chinese telecommunications infrastructure, and Chinese ideas and philosophies that come from the East, that are very different from the rule of law and basic human dignity that we have, then there’s going to be some cost attached to that,” he said.
“It’s not free to push back. There’s a reason we didn’t push back for 50 years,” he said. “For 50 years, we told people, ‘you could have it all."
"You can get cheap stuff. You can outsource our jobs to these other places. We can allow them to do this; don’t worry [about] the leverage they gain from having these enormous supply chains. By the way, put TikTok on your phone, no worries.'”
“We didn’t articulate for them that you put TikTok on your phone and your children’s most private personal information is in the hands of some really really bad actors that mean really ill for America."
"They may just store it in the cloud or the hard drive for a while, may not put it use, but collectively, the data set that they develop will be used in a way that puts our young men and women at risk and puts American freedom at risk,” he said.
Pompeo urged lawmakers to stand up to China and noted that around 300 apps from China were banned by India, but replacements were found for over half of them.
“They aren’t ten feet tall. They have enormous challenges."
"And we need to go use the tools that we have, the power that we have, to impose real costs on them in a way that will shape their behavior, in a way that reflects the understanding that we have about how the West must win and how the United States must protect its own,” he said.