Washington DC: The US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo has expressed serious concern regarding the challenge posed by China and linked it directly to national security imperative.
Pompeo was addressing Business Executives for National Security (BENS) Gala and Awards Ceremony in Washington on 30 April 2019.
Whether it’s the work that they’re doing to install their technology and networks inside of “your business or our country or those of your partners, or whether it’s their efforts to out-compete the United States of America, but with not a competitive objective but rather a national security imperative. – Michael R. Pompeo, the US Secretary of StateAt Mandarin Oriental, Washington, DC, April 30, 2019
Pompeo referred to his conversation with Henry Kissinger and said when he was the US Secretary of State and dealing with China, he believed that if the economy grew and democracy would surely follow in China. And we’ve seen that that has just simply not proven to be the case.
Speaking of day-to-day challenges and reflecting upon his experience as a small business owner, when he sold products in China and purchased materials from China, the US Secretary of State said the challenge from that country is very different today.
Pompeo set the tone of his discourse by stating whether it’s the work that they were doing to install their technology and networks inside of “your business or our country or those of your partners, or whether it’s their efforts to out-compete the United States of America, but with not a competitive objective but rather a national security imperative, and the advantages they face in some of those challenge – battle spaces, because the idea of a private sector entity is literally foreign to them”.
Sharing his concern further, Pompeo remarked “We have a separation between government and private sector that they simply don’t have, and that has real implications for the US leaders tasked with defending America today.”
On the US business and how it’s engaged in commerce in China, Pompeo said – we watch the massive human rights violations in Xinjiang, where there are over a million people being held in a humanitarian crisis that is the scale of what took place in the 1930s, and we see American businesses and their technology being used to help facilitate that activity from the Chinese Government – it’s something worthy of thinking about.
Pompeo concluded his remarks by stating: “As we work to figure out how to deal with China – a billion and a half people that provide very important markets for the United States of America, and yet a country that at the same time presents enormous risk over the coming years and decades – to help all of us think about the right way to approach this and how it is the case that we can achieve our national security objective while ensuring that America continues to grow and prosper and our private sector crushes them every place that we compete.”