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Friday, August 7 2020
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Attorney General Bill Barr & Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Call Out China for Rogue Behavior

Attorney General Bill Barr & Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Call Out China for Rogue Behavior

July 16, 2020 – Attorney General William Barr gave a speech earlier today at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum regarding China policy. Not only does this speech echo recent comments made by FBI Director Christopher Wray and State Secretary Mike Pompeo, together they represent a significant and full-throated policy statement from the Trump Administration.

Director Wray claims that the FBI is opening new cases related to Chinese espionage almost every day. These statements are alarming as it indicates the severity of the situation. China engages in what is called “unrestricted warfare,” meaning they have no problem going after civilians and businesses.

Much of the reporting we at Patriots’ Soapbox have done regarding China’s military and human rights issues have largely been validated and vindicated by these recent statements from the top national security agencies in the United States.

During his speech today, Bill Barr made a number of claims that support our prior reporting.

One of Barr’s claims is that Google along with other American tech companies have been collaborating with the CCP. We have covered three different projects Google had been working on for China, including a censored search engine, “Dragonfly” and “Isolated Region,” a Cloud for China.

This collaboration between Silicon Valley and the CCP goes back many years, but never before have any politicians had the nerve to speak up about it, let alone pursue it.

Here are some of the highlights from Bill Barr’s speech:

It is a privilege to be here to speak about what may prove to be the most important issue for our nation and the world in the twenty-first century — that is, the United States’ response to the global ambitions of the Chinese Communist Party.  The CCP rules with an iron fist over one of the great ancient civilizations of the world.  It seeks to leverage the immense power, productivity, and ingenuity of the Chinese people to overthrow the rules-based international system and to make the world safe for dictatorship.  How the United States responds to this challenge will have historic implications and will determine whether the United States and its liberal democratic allies will continue to shape their own destiny or whether the CCP and its autocratic tributaries will control the future. 

Several weeks ago, National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien spoke about the CCP’s ideology and global ambitions.  He declared, and I agree, that ‘the days of American passivity and naivety regarding the People’s Republic of China are over.’[1]  Last week, FBI Director Chris Wray described how the CCP pursues its ambitions through nefarious and even illegal conduct, including industrial espionage, theft, extortion, cyberattacks, and malign influence activities.[2]  In the coming days, you will hear from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who will sum up what is at stake for the United States and the free world.  I hope these speeches will inspire the American people to reevaluate their relationship with China, so long as it continues to be ruled by the Communist Party.          

It is fitting that we are here today at the Ford Presidential Museum.  Gerald Ford served at the highest echelons of our government at the dawn of America’s re-engagement with the People’s Republic of China, which began with President Nixon’s historic visit in 1972.  Three years later, in 1975, President Ford visited China for a summit with PRC leaders, including Mao Zedong.    

At the time, it was unthinkable that China would emerge after the Cold War as a near-peer competitor of the United States.  Yet even then, there were signs of China’s immense latent power.  In the joint report of their visit to China in 1972, House Majority Leader Hale Boggs and then-Minority Leader Ford wrote: ‘If she manages to achieve as she aspires, China in the next half century can emerge a self-sufficient power of a billion people …. This last impression—of the reality of China’s colossal potential—is perhaps the most vivid of our journey.  As our small party traveled through that boundless land, this sense of a giant stirring, a dragon waking, gave us much to ponder.’[3]  It is now nearly fifty years later, and the prescient pondering’s of these two congressmen have come to pass…

The People’s Republic of China is now engaged in an economic blitzkrieg—an aggressive, orchestrated, whole-of-government (indeed, whole-of-society) campaign to seize the commanding heights of the global economy and to surpass the United States as the world’s preeminent superpower.  A centerpiece of this effort is the Communist Party’s ‘Made in China 2025’ initiative, a plan for PRC domination of high-tech industries like robotics, advanced information technology, aviation, and electric vehicles.  Backed by hundreds of billions of dollars in subsidies, this initiative poses a real threat to U.S. technological leadership.  Despite World Trade Organization rules prohibiting quotas for domestic output, ‘Made in China 2025’ sets targets for domestic market share (sometimes as high as 70 percent) in core components and basic materials for industries such as robotics and telecommunications.  It is clear that the PRC seeks not merely to join the ranks of other advanced industrial economies, but to replace them altogether. 

‘Made in China 2025’ is the latest iteration of the PRC’s state-led, mercantilist economic model.  For American companies in the global marketplace, free and fair competition with China has long been a fantasy.  To tilt the playing field to its advantage, China’s communist government has perfected a wide array of predatory and often unlawful tactics: currency manipulation, tariffs, quotas, state-led strategic investment and acquisitions, theft and forced transfer of intellectual property, state subsidies, dumping, cyberattacks, and espionage.  About 80% of all federal economic espionage prosecutions have alleged conduct that would benefit the Chinese state, and about 60% of all trade secret theft cases have had a nexus to China. 

Just as consequential, however, are the PRC’s plans to dominate the world’s digital infrastructure through its ‘Digital Silk Road’ initiative.  I have previously spoken at length about the grave risks of allowing the world’s most powerful dictatorship to build the next generation of global telecommunications networks, known as 5G.  Perhaps less widely known are the PRC’s efforts to surpass the United States in other cutting-edge fields like artificial intelligence.  Through innovations such as machine learning and big data, artificial intelligence allows machines to mimic human functions, such as recognizing faces, interpreting spoken words, driving vehicles, and playing games of skill such as chess or the even more complex Chinese strategy game Go.  AI long ago outmatched the world’s chess grandmasters.  But the PRC’s interest in AI accelerated in 2016, when AlphaGo, a program developed by a subsidiary of Google, beat the world champion Go player at a match in South Korea.  The following year, Beijing unveiled its ‘Next Generation Artificial Intelligence Plan,’ a blueprint for leading the world in AI by 2030.  Whichever nation emerges as the global leader in AI will be best positioned to unlock not only its considerable economic potential, but a range of military applications, such as the use of computer vision to gather intelligence.

The PRC’s drive for technological supremacy is complemented by its plan to monopolize rare earth materials, which play a vital role in industries such as consumer electronics, electric vehicles, medical devices, and military hardware.  According to the Congressional Research Service, from the 1960s to the 1980s, the United States led the world in rare earth production.[6]  ‘Since then, production has shifted almost entirely to China,’ in large part due to lower labor costs and lighter environmental regulation.[7]

The United States is now dangerously dependent on the PRC for these materials.  Overall, China is America’s top supplier, accounting for about 80 percent of our imports.  The risks of dependence are real.  In 2010, for example, Beijing cut exports of rare earth materials to Japan after an incident involving disputed islands in the East China Sea.  The PRC could do the same to us. – A.G. Bill Barr

The Attorney General understands the gravity of what is at stake. The CCP mask of “peace” and “civility” and “universal brotherhood” has fallen off, exposing the true ugly face of the Party. They seek to dominate the world, with imperial ambitions for the South China Sea and beyond. The CCP has been harassing journalists around the world, in an effort to maintain their deceptive face in the West.  The speech continues:

How did China accomplish all this?  No one should underestimate the ingenuity and industry of the Chinese people.  At the same time, no one should doubt that America made China’s meteoric rise possible.  China has reaped enormous benefits from the free flow of American aid and trade.  In 1980, Congress granted the PRC most-favored-nation trading status.  In the 1990s, American companies strongly supported the PRC’s accession to the World Trade Organization and the permanent normalization of trade relations.  Today, U.S.-China trade totals about $700 billion. 

Last year, Newsweek ran a cover story titled ‘How America’s Biggest Companies Made China Great Again.’[8]  The article details how China’s communist leaders lured American business with the promise of market access, and then, having profited from American investment and know-how, turned increasingly hostile.  The PRC used tariffs and quotas to pressure American companies to give up their technology and form joint ventures with Chinese companies.  Regulators then discriminated against American firms, using tactics like holding up permits.  Yet few companies, even Fortune 500 giants, have been willing to bring a formal trade complaint for fear of angering Beijing.

Just as American companies have become dependent on the Chinese market, the United States as a whole now relies on the PRC for many vital goods and services.  The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown a spotlight on that dependency.  For example, China is the world’s largest producer of certain protective equipment, such as face masks and medical gowns.  In March, as the pandemic spread around the world, the PRC hoarded the masks for itself, blocking producers — including American companies — from exporting them to countries in need.  It then attempted to exploit the shortage for propaganda purposes, shipping limited quantities of often defective equipment and requiring foreign leaders to publicly thank Beijing.

China’s dominance of the world market for medical goods goes beyond masks and gowns.  It has become the United States’ largest supplier of medical devices, while at the same time discriminating against American medical companies in China.  China’s government has targeted foreign firms for greater regulatory scrutiny, instructed Chinese hospitals to buy products made in China, and pressured American firms to build factories in China, where their intellectual property is more vulnerable to theft.  As one expert has observed, American medical device manufacturers are effectively ‘creating their own competitors.’[9]

America also depends on Chinese supply chains in other vital sectors, especially pharmaceuticals.  America remains the global leader in drug discovery, but China is now the world’s largest producer of active pharmaceutical ingredients, known as ‘APIs.’  As one Defense Health Agency official noted, ‘should China decide to limit or restrict the delivery of APIs to the [United States],’ it ‘could result in severe shortages of pharmaceuticals for both domestic and military uses.’[10]

To achieve dominance in pharmaceuticals, China’s rulers went to the same playbook they used to gut other American industries.  In 2008, the PRC designated pharmaceutical production as a ‘high-value-added-industry’ and boosted Chinese companies with subsidies and export tax rebates.[11]  Meanwhile, the PRC has systematically preyed on American companies.  American firms face well-known obstacles in China’s health market, including drug approval delays, unfair pricing limitations, IP theft, and counterfeiting. Chinese nationals working as employees at pharma companies have been caught stealing trade secrets both in America and in China.  And the CCP has long engaged in cyber-espionage and hacking of U.S. academic medical centers and healthcare companies. 

In fact, PRC-linked hackers have targeted American universities and firms in a bid to steal IP related to coronavirus treatments and vaccines, sometimes disrupting the work of our researchers.  Having been caught covering up the coronavirus outbreak, Beijing is desperate for a public relations coup, and may hope that it will be able to claim credit for any medical breakthroughs. – Attorney General, Bill Barr

Unfortunately, the speech does not go far enough towards pointing out how the Chinese Communist Party was able to infiltrate the Media and key areas in industry and politics. This required co-opting the Democrat Party entirely. They would hide this and call themselves “progressives” or “democratic socialists,” but we understand now they were taken over by communism.

The spokesperson for the Department of Justice, Kerri Kupec tweeted out a quote from the speech, underscoring the hypocrisy of the social justice warriors.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has issued a strong statement on the recent “Commission on Unalienable Rights,” amplifying the urgent need to combat an annual billion-dollar human trafficking industry, while places like Libya continue to have open air slave markets.

If China is pressuring U.S. businesses and working with big tech, this kind of behavior should really concern us. How long until China starts threatening journalists on U.S. soil?

This seems like it is a world away from us here, in the safety of America’s borders, but it is far closer to home than any of us would like to admit. America’s borders are not properly protected or controlled, allowing agents of the CCP to sneak through. China works with Mexican cartels, and uses them as proxies and to facilitate trafficking and smuggling. It may not be long before CCP agents start threatening western journalists in person.

Watching Uighurs being loaded onto trains is reminiscent of  footage from Holocaust films. This is happening in China, right now, today. They are having their organs harvested and, if not outright murdered, are being forced into “labor camps,” producing products which then make it to U.S. and worldwide markets.

This gives you an example of how deeply China has penetrated critical institutions in America.

By doing business with Communist China, the world is tacitly approving of China’s brutal treatment of its own citizens. Until we say enough is enough, we are all complicit in these crimes against humanity.

More Information

For more information on recent China news, I have included several links and videos, including the full video of Bill Barr’s speech on China policy. I urge you to go to the Patriots’ Soapbox homepage and type “China” into the search bar, for as many as 12 pages of articles just on China alone!

This episode of Cross Roads with investigative reporter Joshua Philips of the Epoch Times does a really good job of describing recent events with China and Hong Kong, asking the question, where is Xi?

This is the full length speech given by Attorney General Bill Barr today.

This story about the treatment of Uighur’s by the Associated Press.

This article about China’s Belt and Road Initiative by Patriots’ Soapbox.

This article about China’s Nuclear Submarine Program and the South China Sea by Patriots’ Soapbox.

This article about the issues at the China and India Border by Patriots’ Soapbox.

Finally, this article about the Chinese takeover of Hong Kong by Patriots’ Soapbox.

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b4im2old
21 days ago

Excellent article Radix – have shared! You really knocked it out of the park, as usual!

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