Pompeo: US Trying to Persuade China to Act ‘Like Normal Nation’

USA

01 November 2018, 04:53

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday the United States was engaged in a multipronged effort … to convince China to behave like a normal nation on commerce and respect international law after Washington indicted 10 Chinese nationals in the stealing aviation secrets.

Speaking in a radio interview, Pompeo called Chinas behavior in stealing intellectual property inappropriate and not consistent with being a superpower or a leader in the world.

Stealing another countrys intellectual property, something Chinas been engaged in to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars, is just something China has to figure out a way to stop, he told the Brian Kilmeade Show.

Biggest national security challenge

Pompeo also told the Laura Ingraham radio show that over the long term, China was probably the biggest national security challenge facing the United States and the Trump administration was pushing back on all fronts.

Where the semiconductor piece fits in is its part of a mosaic of our strategic effort to push back against this continued Chinese effort, he said.

It is a multipronged effort on behalf of all of the United States government, at the presidents direction, to convince China to behave like a normal nation on commerce and with respect to the rules of international law, he said.

Turbo fan engine targeted

A U.S. indictment unsealed Tuesday said Chinese intelligence officers conspired with hackers and company insiders to break into computer systems of private firms to steal information on a turbo fan engine used in commercial jetliners.

It was the third major corporate espionage-related case involving Chinese intelligence officers brought by the Justice Department since last month and comes at a time when Washington is embroiled in a trade war with Beijing.

The United States and China have slapped tit-for-tat tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars of each others goods over the past few months, sparked by U.S. President Donald Trumps demands for an end to alleged Chinese intellectual property theft, deep cuts to industrial subsidies, and action to correct a major U.S. trade deficit with China.

Early this month, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence intensified Washingtons pressure campaign against Beijing by accusing China of malign efforts to undermine Trump ahead of next Tuesdays congressional elections and reckless military actions in the disputed South China Sea, a major Asian trade route.

China has rejected the charges.

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