US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo intensified on Wednesday the recent American rhetoric against the ruling Communist Party of China, saying that the Asian giant was focused on international domination and needed to be confronted.
Pompeo made the comments even when the Trump administration said it was still hoping to sign the first phase of the agreement to end a searing trade war with China next month. According to him, Pompeo said that the United States had long appreciated its friendship with the Chinese people, adding that the communist government was not the same as the people of China.
"They are looking for and using methods that have created challenges for the United States and for the world, and collectively all of us, all of us, need to face these challenges head-on," Pompeo said in a speech at a gala dinner in New York by the conservative group of Hudson Institute experts.RELATED
"It is no longer realistic to ignore the fundamental differences between our two systems, and the impact they have on American national security," he added.
"The Chinese Communist Party is offering its people and the world a totally different model of government, in which a Leninist party rules and everyone must think and act according to the will of the communist elites," said Pompeo.
"That is not a future that I want … and it is not a future that the freedom-loving people of China want," he said.
At a dinner attended by Henry Kissinger, the apostle of the US realpolitik who negotiated the normalization of ties between Washington and Beijing in the 1970s, Pompeo said that Washington had long been too easy for China with the hope That will transform. In that regard, he stressed that President Donald Trump, who is seeking re-election next year, had raised the alarm about China since his first day in office. "Today, we are finally realizing the degree to which the Communist Party is truly hostile to the United States and our values."
Last week, in an important political speech, United States Vice President Mike Pence attacked China's history of human rights, trade and methods used to expand its global influence.
China has been constantly irritated by Pompeo, either by its comments on the China Belt and Road project or by accusations of Chinese rights abuses in the westernmost region of Xinjiang, and in many other areas.
In a speech delivered Monday in Houston, the Chinese ambassador to Washington said his country would not accept any criticism of the Communist Party, which, he said, "enjoys great confidence and broad support from the Chinese people."
"To draw a dividing line between the Party and the people is to challenge the entire Chinese nation," said Cui Tiankai, according to a copy of his comments on the website of the Chinese embassy.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Thursday that Pompeo's comments expose "political bias and the dark anti-communist mentality of some American politicians."
“Pompeo's comments were a fierce attack against the Chinese Communist Party and the Chinese government. It opens a gap between the Party and our people and defames our internal and foreign policy, ”said Geng.
Pompeo said he will deliver a series of speeches in the coming months about competing ideologies and values, including the global influence campaigns of the Chinese Communist Party's intelligence agencies and Beijing's "unfair and predatory" economic practices.
The secretary of state said that he would also deal with the development of China's military capabilities "that far exceed what they would need for self-defense."
(With information from Reuters)