Pence accuses Biden administration of ‘putting it back in place’ for China, says US companies allow regime
Former Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday accused the Biden administration of “going back” for the Chinese Communist regime in a sweeping speech that addressed the Chinese threat, and also targeted American companies which he said openly “help and encourage” the regime.
The speech, the 2021 BC Lee conference at the Heritage Foundation, is part of a trilogy of speeches Pence has given on the China issue, after giving important speeches in 2018 and 2019. His final speech comes after the language muscular figure of President Xi Jinping as he marked the centenary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party.
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“The Chinese people will absolutely not allow any foreign force to intimidate, oppress or enslave us, and anyone who tries to do so will be faced with broken heads and bloodshed in front of the Great Iron Wall of 1.4. billion Chinese, ”Xi said.
Pence said the Trump administration had “changed the national consensus on China” by increasing military spending, opposing trade abuses and imposing tariffs on China, while exposing human rights violations. man in Xinjiang, Hong Kong and elsewhere.
Pence asserted that the debate was now closed and that “Americans of all political stripes recognize that the Chinese regime harbors antagonistic intentions towards the United States and our allies.”
However, despite a national consensus on the Chinese threat, Pence accused the Biden administration of “already looking to Communist China.”
“They joined the Paris climate agreement, allowing China to pollute with impunity. They joined the Chinese-controlled World Health Organization without demanding a single concession following failures throughout the pandemic. And they ended our administration’s investigation into the origins of the coronavirus. pandemic, before reversing the course later, ”he said.
He noted some areas where the Biden and Trump administrations have aligned with policy – including the current withholding of tariffs. However, the former vice president said that was not enough.
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“It is incumbent on the Biden administration to keep the pressure on, pick up the pace and move America forward,” he said.
Pence pointed to the rhetoric coming from Beijing, including Xi’s remarks on the butts and what he said was an aggressive tone from Chinese diplomats in early meetings with Biden officials, adding that he thought it was in response to the perceived weakness coming from the United States.
“There is an old adage that ‘weakness breeds evil’ and I have a feeling China feels weakness in the new administration,” he said.
Pence said the United States needs to respond in several ways. He called on the United States to put more pressure on China regarding the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic – amid mounting evidence the virus originated from a Wuhan laboratory. Biden has asked the intelligence community to report on what she believes triggered the pandemic.
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He also called on the United States to stop funding scientific research in China, alluding to controversies surrounding the funding of the Wuhan Institute of Virology and alleged “gain-of-office” research.
“When America funds scientific research in China, we become complicit in all the abuses committed by using developed technology,” he said. “Under no circumstances should the United States allow public or private funding of scientific labs in Communist China – especially those involved in gain-of-office research today. “
Pence also said Biden should step up efforts to “decouple” the US economy from China, citing Chinese investment ownership of hundreds of thousands of acres of US farmland – and calling for a ban on Chinese investment in American infrastructure such as pipelines. He also called for support for Taiwan and the people of Hong Kong.
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However, in addition to criticizing the Biden administration, Pence has targeted American companies and celebrities who have come under the regime and have remained silent about its abuses.
America today is forced to confront China on two fronts: one against an authoritarian system and an army doomed to regional domination, and the other against powerful business interests and celebrities in our own. countries that openly help and encourage the communist regime, ”he said. .
He has hit CEOs, celebrities and companies praising the regime, while criticizing the United States for its alleged failings.
“Beijing has exploited the insatiable appetite of modern American companies for market access and compelled top CEOs, athletes and artists not only to hold back criticism of the Communist regime, but in many cases to actively sing its praises,” did he declare.
“American business leaders preach social justice at home, while they profit from slavery abroad. They brag about their commitment to the environment while their facilities in China blacken the skies and choke our oceans with plastic, ”he said. “They criticize America’s Founding Fathers while praising the regime that murdered millions of its own citizens during the Great Leap Forward and carried out the Tiananmen Square Massacre.”
“Millions of Americans look at American businesses today and say, are you on our side or theirs? he said.
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He called on Americans to stop buying Chinese imports and on employers to stop sending jobs and factories to China, and on investors to stop investing in companies linked to the Chinese military.
“The truth is, the China problem was created and made right here in the United States. China’s rise to power continues to be made possible by American companies and some in public life, and continues to do so. be powered by American technology, all at the expense of the American people, “he said.
But he added, “A made in America problem can be solved in America. All we have to do is stay the course set by our administration and stand firm.”