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Pompeo: ‘Communists plunge societies into ruin and repression’

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned the world yesterday that China poses a bigger threat to stability and freedom than the Soviet Union did in the decades-long Cold War.

Saying that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) “leverages economic power to coerce countries,” Pompeo warned that the “CCP is already enmeshed in our economies, in our politics, in our societies in ways the Soviet Union never was.”

Pompeo made his remarks while addressing the Czech Senate on another leg of coalition-building in the Trump administration’s attempt to pivot defense toward containing China’s global hegemony ambitions.

“Finally, it’s clearer than ever that Beijing by the time of the 100th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China in 2049,” said Frederick Kempe last year, “aspires to be the dominant economic, political and perhaps military power for an era where democracies remain but authoritarian systems are ascendant.”

Kempe is President and CEO of the non-partisan Atlantic Council which focuses on national defense and foreign policy.

Pompeo’s talk was especially pointed at the Czech Republic because of its long history of suffering under the Soviet system that often saw Czechs revolt against communism.  

“Your nation, and others that suffered behind the Iron Curtain, know best of all how deeply communists plunge societies into ruin and repression,” said the Secretary of State. “When the Iron Curtain finally fell, Americans rejoiced in your freedom.”

The Czech Republic is currently looking for investors to help them building three new nuclear power plants.

“Potential bidders for the contract include the American company Westinghouse, Russia’s Rusatom and the China General Nuclear Power Corp,” says SCMP.com.

Like many countries, the Czechs are wary of China’s global ambitions but prove Pompeo’s point because despite the wariness they still want Chinese money.

“With all due respect to our American investors, I want more investments from China,” said Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis at a joint news conference after Pompeo’s speech.

Even before the election of Donald Trump, the national defense and foreign policy establishment in the U.S., U.K., India, Vietnam and other Asian countries had begun to sound the alarm over China’s growing aggressiveness in Africa, South East Asia, and especially in the South China Sea.

After hard feelings over trade negotiations, increasing signs of widespread human rights violations by China and an opaque response to the coronavirus, the U.S. has drawn an increasingly bright line in the sand against China’s global ambitions.

Since the viral outbreak in Wuhan went global, Pompeo has been traveling around the world with a message reminding countries that communism lives a lie and freedom lives in truth.

“And here’s what’s true:  China’s world dominance is not inevitable,” said Pompeo. “We are the authors of our fate.  Free societies have always been more attractive.  Your people know this.  Our people do, too.”

PHOTO: Yuri Gripas/Reuters

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