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Pompeo Warns of China’s Hidden Influence in America

PompeoIt sounds like an episode of “The Americans” or a best-selling Tom Clancy novel. But when Secretary of State Mike Pompeo looked into the faces of 40 governors and warned them that China had infiltrated their states, he wasn’t kidding.

They’re hiding in the shadows of our schools, our lobbying meetings, even our business dinners. And no one, he said evenly, knows it’s happening.

“These aren’t hypotheticals,” Pompeo insisted. “We’ve allowed this to continue without a deep awareness from the American people.”

And what is “this,” exactly? According to top State Department officials, we’re talking about a massive network of Chinese communists fanned out across the country with one goal: penetrate U.S. security, education, and financial systems—then, create chaos.

“It’s happening in your state,” Pompeo insisted, “with consequences for our foreign policy, for the citizens who reside in your states, and indeed for each of you … The Chinese government has been methodical in the way it’s analyzed our system … It’s assessed our vulnerabilities, and it’s decided to exploit our freedoms to gain advantage over us at the federal level, the state level, and the local level.”

These are often Chinese diplomats, the secretary explained on “Washington Watch,” initiating these operations. Men and women, serving here in the United States, who are quietly “leading and executing programs that present a risk to American businesses, to Americans’ privacy, and to Americans’ … security.” And the worst thing about it, he said, is it’s not “on people’s radar screens.”

“It’s one thing to pressure the secretary of state of the United States of America.” It’s quite another “to go after a high school principal,” Pompeo argued. “It shows depth. It shows systematization. It shows intent.”

Obviously, the secretary pointed out, “we want Chinese students coming here to learn.” But the reality is, these aren’t always groups with benevolent intentions.

Our communities are partnering with education associations, not realizing they’re actually “controlled and directed by the Chinese Communist Party.” We think they’re coming here to teach Mandarin, when in fact, they’re deeply tied to the regime and its sinister ambitions.

And those relationships are paying off. The Chinese, he warns, have quietly built a foothold with local school boards, K-12 administrators, and county officials that’s giving them a powerful voice they should never have.

Last year, Pompeo shook his head, a high school in Illinois disinvited a Taiwanese official from a climate panel because they’d been pressured by the Chinese.

Just last month, China’s Consul General sent a letter to the speaker of a state legislature demanding that a U.S. leader not engage with Taiwan.

“Think about that,” the secretary shook his head. “You had a diplomat from China assigned here to the United States, a representative of the Chinese Communist Party in New York City, sending an official letter urging that an American elected official shouldn’t exercise his right to freedom of speech. And this isn’t a one-off event … Chinese consulates in New York, in Illinois, in Texas, and two in California … are very politically active.”

They’ve permeated the tech, business, and science world, actively recruiting U.S. scientists and academics to “share vital secrets” in exchange for money. “We can’t ignore China’s actions and strategic intentions.”

Some of those intentions, he reminded listeners, extend well outside the U.S. And while we want to help China (especially now with the outbreak of the coronavirus) and maintain a good relationship, that’s hard to do when the country’s leaders are taking advantage of other nations.

Just look at the controversy surrounding China and the World Bank. The U.S. pours billions of dollars a year into the institution, only to watch the communist leaders apply for—and receive—tens of millions of dollars they don’t need.

They were “technical and vocational training” loans, we were told—only to find out later that countries like America had been financing China’s persecution campaign, building concentration camps and surveillance weapons to torture entire people groups.

Fortunately, Pompeo explained Wednesday, the U.S. has made “real progress” to ensure that never happens again.

“I’ve spoken with the new leader at the World Bank. He understands … how the American people’s taxpayer dollars that go to that institution shouldn’t be used in ways that are detrimental to [our] security.”

In the meantime, there’s plenty of security to worry about right here at home.

“What China does in Topeka and Sacramento reverberates in Washington, in Beijing, and far beyond. I want to urge vigilance,” Pompeo repeated. “It’s what we all must do, as Americans.”

Reprinted with Permission from the Daily Signal - by Tony Perkins

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Bob L.

If I were in the position to decide, Red China would be totally excluded from any and all access to the U.S. and that includes not only all trade and investments, but student visas. The U.S. has had a serious problem with “being in bed” with the devil – despotic and Communist regimes since the Wilson era. We have built up our own enemies economically as a part of that long association, including Islam. Yes, Islam, which has as much a goal of world domination (by any and all means) as Red China has.

Barbara

Chinese are infiltrating into our school boards, financial institutions and politics and we don’t hear this on the news! This should be broadcast on TV, newspapers, social media, etc. so Americans know what the Chinese are up to. This is scary!

Sharon

Only people who are surprised at how much China influence in America are the ones behind the beltway in Washington DC. China has been buying business in this country for centuries. They have taken the steel industry and other commercial business. They were here before the muslims. Heads buried in the sand government let all destruction of jobs and education of trade be destroyed. Core math, testing taught not basic life education to survive. People are not robots, but treated like that in many work places. Look at China work ethics, none. Overworked and mistreated from child labor to the elderly. Now you think this is new development of China?!!!!

Kim

Scary thoughts…and the Chinese are not likely to stop because we asked them to; there must be consequences!
As Secretary Pompeo has said, the Chinese have infiltrated every state…and they are very patient.

Lawrence Greenberg

Only now did they wake up to this? This has been going on for decades. Where have the powers that be been all this time?

Pat R

Again I ask, WHY did we ever ‘create’ friendly relations with a COMMUNIST country? There are now so many ‘veins’ between China and the US now, and we are opposite cultures, language, government, freedoms, etc., that it makes absolutely no sense. MONEY was the reason; profits from utilizing cheap labor. But it was a snare and US took it hook, line & sinker. To be honest, the Chinese were smart and the US was dumb in that ‘enterprise’. Dumber still for remaining in it.

Joyce Eaton

Very good information

Porter Griggs

I couldn’t agree more nut it’s not something the average citizen would relate to or recognize if they tripped over it. It’s always fallen to the FBI or intelligence services to counter this type of attack. If they have been neutered by corruption at the top we are is serious trouble.
Numbers of our top Universities cater to foreign influence, or I should say foreign money. You would be hard pressed to find one that doesn’t .