A day after the US ordered the closure of China’s consulate in Houston, saying Wednesday the move was done to “protect American intellectual property and Americans’ private information," Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo delivers a speech at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda, California, addressing US-China relations.
Pompeo’s will be the fourth in a series of addresses on China by top Trump administration officials.
“We put together a series of remarks aimed at making sure the American people understood the ongoing, serious threat posed by the Chinese Communist Party to our fundamental way of life here in the United States of America,” Pompeo told the Washington Times earlier this week.
It started off hawkishly as one might expect:
"The Chinese military is growing stronger and more menacing... we must not maintain a paradigm of blind engagement with China..."
Other highlights (via Bloomberg)
*POMPEO: CHINA MORE AUTHORITARIAN AT HOME, AGGRESSIVE ABROAD
*POMPEO: XI JINPING IS `TRUE BELIEVER' IN TOTALITARIAN IDEOLOGY
*POMPEO: MUST `DISTRUST AND VERIFY' WITH CHINA'S COMMUNIST PARTY
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