PRAGUE – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday that Chinas economic power is in some ways a greater global threat than the Soviet Union was during the Cold War.
“Today an even greater threat is the threat posed by the Chinese Communist Partys (CCP) campaigns of coercion and control,” Pompeo said in a speech to the senate in the Czech Republic. “The CCP is already enmeshed in our economies, in our politics, in our societies in ways the Soviet Union never was.”
The top U.S. diplomat also cited Chinese apps TikTok and WeChat, warning of “national security” risks and data theft.
“We’re going to make sure that American data not end up in the hands of an adversary like the Chinese Communist Party,” Pompeo said in Prague.
Pompeos remarks come after Chinas ambassador to London accused the United States last month of instigating conflict with Beijing before the November U.S. presidential election.
U.S.-China relations have deteriorated sharply this year over issues such as Beijings management of the coronavirus, its security clampdown in Hong Kong and activities in the disputed South China Sea.