Former President Donald Trump’s Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, declared Wednesday that China’s leaders serve themselves, not China’s people.
In his initial episode of “Evening Chats with Mike Pompeo: A Message to the Chinese People,” Pompeo alleged that China’s Communist Party is totalitarian. Its leaders serve their own interests, not the people’s, asserted the former state secretary.
The online series hosted by the Hudson Institute’s China Center is designed as a platform to communicate directly with citizens of the People’s Republic of China.
“The worst lie the CCP tells is that it speaks on behalf of China and of Chinese civilization. And I think the CCP knows it’s a lie,” Pompeo stated. “If Beijing thought it represented the Chinese people, it wouldn’t spend more on domestic repression and surveillance than it does on external defense.”
“If the CCP represented the Chinese people, it would hold a free and fair election tomorrow,” he added, “but it won’t.”
The 70th secretary of state opined that the country’s leaders worry the U.S. example of freedom may someday imperil their hold on power.
“The CCP hates the United States because they are paranoid that the Chinese people will be inspired by the example of American freedom, the world’s oldest and most influential democracy,” he declared. “[It] is a one-party, totalitarian political organization committed to a foreign, anti-Chinese ideology. It started out as a group of brutal, radical extremists, and, frankly, not much has changed.”
Pompeo has been outspoken with his criticism of China’s Communist Party rule since his days in the State Department. His disdain continued throughout Wednesday’s video, sharing his world view of the repressive Asian country with its citizens.
“There is no bigger enemy for the CCP than you, the Chinese people,” Pompeo pontificated. “I know this is true because all my interactions with the CCP leaders convinced me that what the CCP truly cares about is maintaining their stranglehold over the Chinese people.”
He pointed to Hong Kong citizens like Cardinal Joseph Zen and Jimmy Lai whom he called brave Chinese fighters who reject their regime and demand government accountability.
Zen, a catholic church cardinal, has been outspoken on issues of human rights, political freedom and religious liberty in China.
Lai is a Hong Kong businessman and pro-democracy activist whose business holdings include Apple Daily, a well-known Chinese-language newspaper in Hong Kong and Taiwan.
“There are a lot of heroes, in small ways and big, throughout China,” Pompeo said. “They’re the people who go to secret houses for worship, who commemorate Tiananmen Square and who every day refuse to believe the CCP’s lies.”
“The so-called People’s Republic seems to have a problem with its own people,” he concludes.
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