China-related remarks of Secretary Pompeo Before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

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SECRETARY POMPEO:  Thank you very much.  Today I’m here to present the – and testify about the President’s 2021 Budget.  It requests nearly $41 billion for the State Department and USAID, enabling both agencies to protect U.S. citizens, increase American prosperity, and advance the development of democratic societies.  And critically, it reflects a commitment to the strategic, efficient use of resources to provide better results for the American people.

Most importantly, on China, we see the Chinese Communist Party also for what it is: the central threat of our times.

Our vigorous diplomacy has helped lead an international awakening to the threat of the CCP.  Senators, the tide is turning:

Thirty-plus countries and territories have become 5G “Clean Countries,” banning untrusted vendors from their networks.  When we talked about this some year ago, that number was in the single digits.

In our hemisphere, Canada has stood firm against the Chinese Communist Party’s hostage-taking.  Its three major telecom carriers have also banned untrusted vendors.

Belize and Haiti have denounced Beijing’s national security law targeting Hong Kong.

Denmark has rejected the CCP’s attempted censorship of Danish newspapers.

Sweden has closed its Confucius Institutes.

Lithuanian intelligence services have identified China as a political – a potential threat for the first time.

And in the region, in the Indo-Pacific, Australia declared China’s South China Sea claims unlawful and illegitimate, as have we.

And we’re proud to have stepped up maritime maneuvers in that body of water alongside our friends from Australia and Japan and the United Kingdom.

India has banned 106 Chinese applications that threatened its citizens’ privacy and security.

Our diplomatic efforts are working, and momentum is building to mitigate the threats that the Chinese Communist Party presents.

All 10 ASEAN nations have insisted that the South China Sea disputes must be settled on the basis of international law, including UNCLOS.

Japan led the G7’s condemnation of China’s national security law targeting Hong Kong.

The EU condemned the law too, and also declared China a “systemic rival” just last year.

And we’ve agreed to start a dialogue channel focused solely on China – at the EU’s request.

At NATO, Secretary General Stoltenberg has called to make China a greater part of that alliance’s focus as well.

And we led a multilateral effort to ensure that the United Nations World Intellectual Property Organization elected a director from a country that actually gave a darn about intellectual property rights.

And our Quad – the United States, Australia, India, and Japan – has been reinvigorated.

We have worked hard at this.  Our diplomats have done wonderful work.  I’m very proud of the progress we are making.

In addition to these multilateral efforts, the Department of Justice is cracking down on Chinese IP threats.

We’ve sanctioned Chinese leaders for their brutality in Xinjiang, imposed export controls on companies that support it, and warned U.S. businesses against using slave labor in their supply chains.

We’ve terminated special treatment agreements with Hong Kong in response to the CCP’s actions to deny freedom to the people of Hong Kong.

And we closed our consulate in Houston because it was a den of spies.

Our budget reflects these efforts, the reality on the ground.  We requested nearly one and a half billion dollars for foreign assistance to the Indo-Pacific region, a 20 percent increase from the 2020 request.  We want that part of the world to be free and open and prosperous.

Mr Pompeo took a tough line on China in testimony before the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee. “We see the Chinese Communist Party for what it is: the central threat of our times,” Mr Pompeo said.

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