The people of China want to live in a free society, and they’re rejecting the “authoritarian regime” of the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP), U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday.
In a concise review of the past year, Pompeo said the United States made progress in informing the world of the threats posed by the Chinese Communist Party.
“We were asleep at the switch for a couple of decades as this threat continued to grow,” Pompeo said.
“I think President Trump set the conditions where we could go speak around the world and talk to our colleagues around the world to demonstrate to them that—while there’s enormous opportunity to sell goods in China and to create good things for the Chinese people—that the CCP presents real risks, and to begin to think materially, concretely, substantively about how to respond to it,” he said.
In a recent speech, Pompeo made a sharp distinction between the Chinese people and the CCP—which dominates all aspects of life in China.
“The communist government in China today is not the same as the people of China. They’re reaching for and using methods that have created challenges for the U.S. and for the world,” Pompeo said.