Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke at the National Governors Association’s winter season conference on Saturday where he alerted guvs to be on the keep an eye out for communist Chinese authorities attempting to affect and penetrate state and regional level politics.
” While there are locations we can work together, we can’’ t neglect China ’ s actions and tactical intents. If we do, we run the risk of the essential parts of our relationship that advantage both nations,” Pompeo stated.” The Chinese Government has actually been systematic in the method it ’ s examined our system, our really open system, one that we ’ re deeply happy with. It ’ s evaluated’our vulnerabilities, and it ’ s chose to exploit our flexibilities to acquire benefit over us at the federal level, the state level, and the regional level.”
” What China carries out in Topeka and Sacramento resounds in Washington, in Beijing, and far beyond. Competitors with China is taking place. It ’ s occurring in your state,” Pompeo continued.” In reality, I would be amazed if the majority of you in the audience have actually not been lobbied by the Chinese Communist Party straight. Chinese Communist Party relationship companies like the one that I referenced earlier remain in Richmond, Minneapolis, Portland, Jupiter, Florida, and lots of other cities around the nation.”
” But often’China ’ s activities aren ’ t rather that public, and I wish to discuss a few of that today. Let me read you an excerpt of a letter from a Chinese diplomat. It was China ’ s Consul General in New York sent out a letter last month to the speaker of among your state legislatures, “Pompeo continued.” Think about that. You had a diplomat from China appointed here to the United States, an agent of the Chinese Communist Party in New York City, sending out a main letter advising that an American chosen authorities shouldn ’ t workout his right to flexibility of speech. Let that sink in for simply a minute. And this isn ’ t a one-off occasion. It ’ s taking place all throughout the nation.”
Pompeo likewise highlighted how communist China was attempting to form the U.S. though the education system, and how it works to take delicate info from U.S. organizations to reclaim to China.
Thank you, Governor Hogan, Governor Cuomo. Great to see you.
It’’ s terrific to be here with you all. I was enjoying basketball on my phone en route in –– Auburn 91, LSU 90 –– and I –– it’’ s a last in overtime. Yes, precisely. I was advised –– you stated I’’ m the 70th Secretary of State. It constantly advises me President Trump is the 45th President of the United States, so there is a lot more turnover in my gig than there remains in his. (Laughter.) It’’ s great to be with you today.
I do wish to thank Governor Hogan and the vice chair, Governor Cuomo, and everybody else here at NGA for hosting me here today.
It’’ s a tough act to follow, following the President’’ s State of the Union address the other night. I have no medals of liberty to disperse here today.
Nor am I losing consciousness copies, so you can’’ t tear them up when I’’ m done.( Laughter.)
I ’ ve been familiar with a few of you as I ’ ve took a trip throughout the states. I’’ ve most likely took a trip inside the nation more than lots of secretaries of state. It’’ s something’they typically put on ’ t do as much. I’believe it ’ s crucial that the American individuals comprehend what our diplomats are doing worldwide and why we’’ re doing it.
So I simply wished to discuss that if you see me in your state, I’’ m not lost. Your state has actually not withdrawed from the union. I understand where I am.
Although I understand there are some folks in California who are demanding ““ Calexit, ” so President Newsom, I anticipate dealing with Secretary of State Feinstein when that happens. (Laughter.)
I can get away with California jokes. I matured in southern California. My father still resides in the very same home I matured in Orange County. It’’ s a fantastic location.
Last year, I got an invite to an occasion that “assured to be, quote, “ a celebration for unique deal-making.” ” It stated, “quote, “ the chances for equally useful financial advancement in between China and our specific states [are] significant,” ” end of quote.
Deal-making seems like it may have originated from President Trump, however the invite was really from a previous guv.
I was being welcomed to the U.S.-China Governors’ ’ Collaboration Summit.
It was an occasion co-hosted by the National Governors Association and something called the Chinese People’’ s Association For Friendship and Foreign Countries. Sounds quite safe.
What the invite did not state is that the group –– the group I simply discussed –– is the general public face of the Chinese Communist Party’’ s main foreign impact firm, the United Front Work Department.
Now, I was fortunate. I recognized with that company from my time as the director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
But it got me believing.
How numerous of you made the link in between that group and Chinese Communist Party authorities?
What if you made a brand-new good friend while you were at that occasion?
What if your brand-new buddy asked you for intros to other politically linked and effective individuals?
What if your brand-new buddy used to invest huge cash in your state, possibly in your pension, in markets conscious our nationwide security?
These aren’’ t hypotheticals. These circumstances are all too real, and they affect American diplomacy considerably.
Indeed, in 2015, a Chinese Government-backed think tank in Beijing produced a report that evaluated all 50 of America’’ s guvs on their mindsets towards China. They identified each of you ““ friendly,” ” “ hardline, ” or “ unclear. ”
I ’ ll let you choose where you believe you belong. Somebody in China currently has. Much of you, undoubtedly, because report are referenced by name.
So here ’ s the lesson: The lesson is that competitors with China is not simply a federal problem. It’’ s why I wished to be here today, Governor Hogan. It’’ s taking place in your states with effects for our diplomacy, for the people that live in your states, and certainly, for each of you.
And, in truth, whether you are seen by the CCP as friendly or hardline, understand that it’’ s working you, understand that it ’ s working the group around you.
Competition with China is taking place within your state, and it impacts our capability to carry out America’’ s crucial nationwide security functions.
I wish to set the context today for this subject.
At the end of the Cold War, America began to engage with China greatly. It made great sense. We believed that the more we engaged, the more it would end up being like a liberal democracy, like us here in the United States.
It didn’’ t occur, and you all understand this.
Indeed, under Xi Jinping, the nation is moving precisely in the opposite instructions –– more repression, more unreasonable competitors, more predatory financial practices; undoubtedly, a more aggressive military posture.
You must understand this doesn’’ t mean we can ’ t work with China. When I ran Century International, I had an operation. We had a little workplace in Shanghai. When our interests assemble, we can discover locations to comply.
You can see that in the very first part of the trade offer that President Trump got done, signed last month.
We’’ re delighted about that. It was the ideal thing to do. That was undoubtedly an offer that benefited both the United States and China. And these financial ties are effective. They’’ great and re essential. They ’ re helpful for your state; they’’ re helpful for America.
Look at the almost 18 lots of medical materials the United States simply flew to China this previous week to assist battle the coronavirus. The other day we revealed more than $100 million in support to China and the nations that are impacted by that infection.
And on that note, too, I wish to take simply a minute to note I wish to send my acknowledgements to the liked among the United States person who came down with the coronavirus in Wuhan over the last days.
But while there are locations we can work together, we can’’ t overlook China ’ s actions and tactical intents. We run the risk of the crucial elements of our relationship that advantage both nations if we do.
The Chinese Government has actually been systematic in the method it’’ s examined our system, our really open system, one that we ’ re deeply pleased with. It ’ s evaluated our vulnerabilities, and it ’ s chose to exploit our liberties to get benefit over us at the federal level, the state level, and the regional level.
Last year, I revealed that I would offer a series of speeches on China, and this belongs to that. It’’ s the context in which state and city government authorities should consider the method they lead with regard to our relationship. It’’ s essential. China matters.
It ’ s become part of my objective at the State Department to activate all parts of the United States Government. I was out in Silicon Valley a couple weeks ago to speak with America’’ s leading tech business about this extremely set of concerns.
And I require your assistance, too.
What China performs in Topeka and Sacramento resounds in Washington, in Beijing, and far beyond. Competitors with China is occurring. It’’ s taking place in your state.
In truth, I would be amazed if the majority of you in the audience have actually not been lobbied by the Chinese Communist Party straight.
Chinese Communist Party relationship companies like the one that I referenced earlier remain in Richmond; Minneapolis; Portland; Jupiter, Florida; and lots of other cities around the nation.
But often China’’ s activities aren ’ t rather that public, and I wish to discuss a few of that today. Let me read you an excerpt of a letter from a Chinese diplomat. It was China’’ s Consul General in New York sent out a letter last month to the speaker of among your state legislatures.
Here’’ s what the letter stated in part. It “stated, quote, “ As all of us understand, Taiwan becomes part of China … prevent taking part in any main contact with Taiwan, consisting of sending out congratulatory messages to the electeds, presenting costs and pronouncements for the election, sending out authorities and agents to participate in the inauguration event, and welcoming authorities in Taiwan to check out the United States.” ” End of quote from the letter.
Think about that. You had a diplomat from China designated here to the United States, an agent of the Chinese Communist Party in New York City, sending out a main letter advising that an American chosen authorities shouldn’’ t workout his right to flexibility of speech.
Let that sink in for simply a minute.
And this isn’’ t a one-off occasion. It ’ s occurring all throughout thenation.
Chinese consulates in New York, in Illinois, in Texas, and 2 in California, bound by the diplomatic obligations and rights of the Vienna Convention, are really politically active at the state level, as is the embassy right here in Washington, D.C.
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Or last August, when previous guv Phil Bryant of Mississippi got a letter from a diplomat in the consul ’ s workplace in Houston, threatening to cancel a Chinese financial investment if the guv selected to take a trip to Taiwan. Phil went anyhow.
Last year, a high school –– a high school, a high school in Chicago –– disinvited a Taiwanese agent to serve on an environment panel after Chinese pressure.
It’’ s something to press the Secretary of State of the United States of America. It appears rather something else to pursue a high school principal. It reveals depth. It reveals systemization. It reveals intent.
Chinese Communist Party authorities, too, are cultivating relationships with county school board members and regional political leaders –– typically through what are called sibling cities programs.
Look, this Chinese competitors is something you all understand. It beings in the back of your mind. You have lots of responsibilities and you are hectic individuals. This competitors is well in progress. And while these may appear like regional matters to some, the cumulative impact is of huge nationwide significance and global significance.
Of course, too, our public universities are another arena of competitors with China.
I understand, guvs, you wear’’ t run these organizations on an everyday basis, however you frequently have effect on individuals that do. The FBI director and I believe the Attorney General, too, talked the other day about something called the ““ Thousand Talents Plan.” ” It ’ s a strategy to hire teachers and researchers to move the knowledge we have here to China in exchange for massive paydays.
The program has actually most likely targeted schools in your state. The Department of Justice has actually prosecuted teachers in my house state at the University of Kansas and at Virginia Tech and at Harvard.
A Texas A&M examination apparently found more than 100 academics taking part in Chinese skill recruitment strategies. Just 5 of them had actually stated that they were taking part in this program.
And goodness understands what else we have actually not found.
There are undoubtedly extremely reliable reports of Chinese Government authorities pushing Chinese trainees –– trainees studying right here in the United States of America –– to keep an eye on fellow Chinese trainees and to report back to Beijing.
One really popular pro-democracy Chinese trainee on a college school in the Northeast in 2015 got death hazards –– death hazards for exercising his right to complimentary speech. The FBI ended up being included.
Make no error about it: We desire gifted, young Chinese trainees to come research study in the United States of America. I see it at Wichita State University. These are terrific youths. We should motivate them to be here. They shouldn’’ t have to fear the long arm of Beijing, which typically reaches out by means of groups like the Chinese Students and Scholars Association.
Look, that’’ s simply among lots of school groups straight affected by the Chinese Communist Party and its agents right here in the United States.
Many of you recognize with Confucius Institutes. Confucius Institutes claim to have the sole function of mentor Mandarin language abilities and Chinese culture. A bipartisan Senate committee discovered in 2015 in 2019 that the Chinese Communist Party manages almost every element of the Confucius Institutes’ ’ activities here in the United States.
Over the previous couple of months, the University of Missouri, the University of Kansas, the University of Maryland have actually separately chosen to shut down their Confucius Institutes after performing their own evaluations, and schools in 22 other states are doing or have actually currently done the exact same.
Sadly, China’’ s propaganda project begins even earlier than college. China has actually targeted K through 12 schools through its ““ Confucius Classrooms, ” the CCP ’ s program to affect kids at primary, middle, and high schools around the globe.
Do you understand that we have no capability to develop comparable programs in China? I’’ m sure that’doesn ’ t surprise you. President Trump has actually discussed reciprocity in trade. We need to have reciprocity in all things. Today they have unlimited freedom in our system, and we’’ re totally locked out from theirs.
As of 2017, there were 519 of these class in the United States. Beijing understands that today’’ s kids are tomorrow ’ s leaders.
The China competitors is taking place.’It ’ s occurring in your states’, and it ’ s a competitors that goes to the really fundamental flexibilities that each people worths.
And when it pertains to operating, I ’ m asking you to embrace a mindful state of mind. In the words of President Reagan, when you’’ re approached for a connection or an intro to an offer, trust however confirm.
I understand you all have power over pension funds or individuals that run them. Since its newest public filing, the Florida Retirement System is bought a business that in turn is bought monitoring equipment that the Chinese Communist Party utilizes to track more than 1 million Muslim minorities. California’’ s pension fund, the biggest public pension fund in the nation, is bought business that provide individuals’’ s Liberation Army that puts our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines at threat.
And it holds true for numerous Chinese business, too –– no Sarbanes-Oxley. Their books are not large open, so it’’ s challenging to understand if the deal that’’ s being participated in is reasonable and transparent and follows the guideline of law.
Now, all of these things might well be legal. The concern is: Do they show great judgment and protect America’’ s nationwide security?
I wish to advise caution on the regional level, too. In the District of Columbia, there have actually been issues raised that the brand-new Metro cards produced by China might be susceptible to cyber hazards.
So once again, it’’ s worth confirming however relying on. When they emerge, there are federal authorities prepared to assist you work your method through these difficulties. Don’’ t make different private offers and arrangements with China that weaken our nationwide policy. I understand none of you would do so purposefully. Let us assist you make sure we’’ re getting it.
We’’ re here to assist. The Trump administration wishes to assist. There are a lot of things we have actually currently done.
Last year, we provided a letter to state federal governments. It declared that Taiwan stays an essential organisation partner and a buddy in every other method.
We have actually enhanced the evaluation procedure for Chinese business that are buying your states.
We have actually withdrawed visas for so-called ““ research study scholars ” who abused their opportunities by mentor in Confucius Classrooms, and made certain that they left the United States.
We’’ ve prohibited researchers from the Department of Energy, which overseas America’’ s 17 biggest nationwide –– excuse me, nuke laboratories, including our nuclear research study center in New Mexico. Since they were getting involved in Chinese skill recruitment programs, we did so.
We have actually directed 2 Chinese propaganda outlets, the Chinese Global Television Network and Xinhua News Agency, to sign up as foreign representatives.
And we at the State Department have actually begun to need Chinese diplomats to use –– abide by the exact same guidelines we abide by when we’’ re in China. Chinese diplomats now need to alert the State Department in advance of main conferences with state and regional authorities.
They should state their main sees to U.S. instructional and research study organizations.
This is simply fairness, reciprocity, fundamental good sense. This is not a burdensome limitation to place on China.
Look, I understand it’’ s 2:30 on a Saturday afternoon. There are great deals of advantages we might do. I hope you will all take on board what I’’ ve stated today.
You all have crucial objectives leading your states. These are complicated, hard tasks. You have the job to produce tasks and chance in your state for your individuals, bring in human capital, financial investment that supports our success.
It’’ s a difficult task, and you get curveballs every day from all throughout the location.
But put on’’ t forget the competitors from China that’’ s currently present in your state. Let’’ s all increase to the celebration and safeguard our security, our economy; undoubtedly, all that we love, all of those liberties.
It’’ s what leaders need to do.
It’’ s what we do as Americans.
I hope God will bless every one of you, each of your states, and the United States of America.
Thank you for letting me be with you here this afternoon.
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