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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned US politicians to be wary of China’s “influence and espionage”

Washington: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned on Wednesday that U.S. state and local politicians should be vigilant about Chinese diplomats. He said this may be an attempt to attract them in Beijing’s propaganda and espionage activities.

In his speech at the Wisconsin State Capitol, Pompeo said that the US State Department is reviewing the activities of the US-China Friendship Association and the China Committee for the Promotion of Peaceful Reunification, and suspects that they are trying to influence American schools, business groups and local politicians.

He said that both groups are connected with the united front work department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China. Pompeo said: “Know that when a Chinese diplomat comes into contact with you, it is probably not out of a spirit of cooperation or friendship.” He warned that the Chinese Communist Party has “influence and espionage activities” even at the city level. He said: “The federal government cannot monitor everything about this predatory and coercive behavior. We need your help… Protecting American interests requires vigilance. This vigilance begins with you-and all state legislators. , Regardless of the party,” he said.

The latest development in Beijing is that on the eve of the November election, US President Donald Trump took a hard line on China, which is an important foreign policy platform. Wisconsin is the key battleground state in the polls. Pompeo’s speech triggered a strong protest from Democratic lawmakers, who accused him of using taxpayer money to consolidate political support for Trump, and possibly for him, because it is widely believed that he is pregnant with 2024 Presidential ambitions.

Consider Xinjiang language

Pompeo also asked Wisconsin lawmakers to strengthen intellectual property protection and investment reviews, and encouraged businessmen to ignore China’s threats to engage with Taiwan. Beijing claims that democratic Taiwan is a sovereign territory of China. The relationship between China and the United States is at its lowest point in decades. The first two economies in the world are in a state of dispute over issues such as China’s handling of the coronavirus to trade confrontation, Hong Kong’s new national security legislation, and tensions in the Asia-Pacific region. . South China Sea.

He said the Trump administration is carefully calibrating its language to describe what is happening in the Xinjiang region of western China. The United Nations cited reliable reports that one million Muslims are already working in the camp. Pompeo said: “When the United States talks about crimes against humanity or genocide… we must be very careful and very precise because it has a huge weight.”

Politico reported in August that the government is considering officially marking China’s treatment in Xinjiang as “genocide.” China rejected allegations of forced labor in Xinjiang and criticized the United States for interfering in its internal affairs.

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