WASHINGTON, United States of America (CNN) – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo continued his criticism of China, adding that the Chinese consulate in the American state of Houston is challenging his country’s orders to close, against the backdrop of accusing the consulate of managing espionage and intellectual property theft.
Pompeo said at a seminar titled “Communist China and the Future of the Free World”, Thursday, that “the free world must prevail over Chinese tyranny,” adding “if we want the 21st century to be free, not the Chinese century that Xi Jinping dreams of, The old paradigm of blind engagement with China, we should not go back to it. “
Pompeo’s speech came in the wake of a US decision to close the Chinese consulate in Houston, by Friday, while Consul General Cai Wei, in an interview with Politico, Thursday, confirmed, “We are still working normally, so we’ll see what happens tomorrow,” but he didn’t He gave more details, while Chinese officials urged the United States to cancel its decision.
“We had to take a decision to close this consulate, because of this massive theft of our research and intellectual property,” said State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagos, adding in an interview with Quest Means Business on CNN Thursday, “We have discovered spy rings.”
“But most importantly, I think what worried us most is the theft of research from our universities, from our hospitals, the theft of intellectual property, and theft from technology companies. So the FBI and the Department of Justice started showing the case and presenting the facts again,” the State Department added. According to Ortagos’ remarks.
A 7-page document, prepared by U.S. law enforcement officials and shared through U.S. government agencies, details the details of the secret PLA activity in the United States, including specifically about the Houston Consulate, according to the document reviewed by CNN.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin denied the accusations over the activities of his country’s consulate in Houston.
In his speech, Pompeo added, “As President Trump has made clear, we need a strategy that protects the American economy and in fact our way of life. The free world must prevail over this new tyranny.”
“The truth is that our policies, and those of other free countries, have revived China’s failed economy, only to see Beijing bite the international hands that were feeding it,” Pompeo said. Pompeo the United States and its allies to work to “change the behavior of China.”