US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo argued that the economic power that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) holds over countries around the world is a greater threat than what Russia posed during the Cold War.
“What is happening now is not the Cold War 2.0,” Pompeo said in a speech to the Czecheke Senate on Wednesday. “The challenge of resisting the CCP threat is in some ways much more difficult.”
“This is because the CCP is already ingrained in our economies, in our politics, in our societies in ways that the Soviet Union has never been.”
Comparing the Cold War to rising tensions in U.S.-China relations began earlier this summer when the UK formally backed down from its deal with China to allow Huawei to have a hand in developing UK 5G capabilities.
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China’s ambassador to the UK Liu Xiaoming blamed US intervention for “serious poisoning” of the UK-China relationship and warned London officials against “Cold War” actors – referring to Pompeo who worked to stop European countries to allow Huawei to develop their own 5G technologies.
U.S. security officials have warned against China’s ability to seek access to the China-based telecom company database, effectively allowing China a hand in wherever Huawei is used to develop the next generation of mobile networks. 5G.
“The real reason behind Pompeo’s hostility to Chinese companies has nothing to do with national security or democracy, freedoms, justice or reciprocity,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told reporters late last month. “It’s just because they are Chinese companies and also the forerunner in their lines of business.”
U.S.-China ties have deteriorated more and more over the past six months, something Pompeo noted in his address to the Senate asek, as he pointed to China’s “coverage” during the coronavirus outbreak, new security laws implemented in Hong Kong that have damaged territory autonomy and human rights abuses against Ujghurs, a minority ethnic group in western China.
“The arrest of 1 million Uighur Muslims living in internment camps in Xijiang … is a human rights stigma of the century, backed by companies like Huawei using technology that the secret police could have only dreamed of in the past,” said Pompeo to the Senate.
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The Czecheke Republic, along with 32 other nations, joined under the Prague Proposals in May 2019 to ban Huawei and commit to a “5G Clean Road”, which is a program that protects data from nations from CCP.
Pompeo said it would take more time for other nations to recognize the threats from China.
“China’s world domination is not inevitable, we are the authors of our destiny. Free societies have always been more attractive – your people know this,” Pompeo told the Czecheke Senate, referring to his time in the Army. American when he served in Germany as the Berlin Wall came down.
The CCP is “paranoid about free societies,” he added.
Pompeo’s remarks in the Czech Republic about security in Eastern Europe mark both the first stops he will make in the region to address energy and internet security, and the threats coming mainly from Russia and China.
His visit to Eastern Europe comes just weeks after the US announced they would withdraw 12,000 troops from longtime Allied Germany, some of which will be redeployed to the Black Sea region.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper said the immediate withdrawal of troops was a strategic shift in policy to “strengthen NATO, [and] strengthen the restraint of Russia. “
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“The tide is back, as I see it back here in Europe. The West is winning, don’t let anyone tell you about the fall of the West,” Pompeo said on Wednesday.
“It will take us all … here in Prague, in Poland, in Portugal. We have an obligation to speak clearly and unequivocally to our people, and without fear. We have to face complex questions … and this must let ‘s do it together, “he added.