Mike Pompeo, the US Secretary of State, made a speech at Georgia Tech on Wednesday in which he discussed how easy it was for the Chinese Communist Party to infiltrate colleges.
According to Pompeo, this is because US colleges, and educational institutions in general, are already "rife with anti-Americanism."
The video can be found in its entirety reproduced here below:
During the speech, which lasts just over an hour, Pompeo talks at length about the dangers of being too soft in our dealings with the Chinese government. Here are some highlights.
"It’s that the Chinese Communist Party wants what we have, and they will do whatever they must do to take it and get it. They will steal our stuff. They will pressure critics of the Chinese Communist Party to keep quiet. They will do whatever it takes.
"And it’s important to come and talk with the American people about this because Americans must know how the Chinese Communist Party is poisoning the well of our higher education institutions for its own ends, and how those actions degrade our freedoms and American national security. If we don’t educate ourselves, if we’re not honest about what’s taking place, we’ll get schooled by Beijing."
"Look, the Chinese Communist Party knows it can never match our innovation. It has state-owned enterprises; it’s an authoritarian regime; it is a government-centric focus. That’s why it sends 400,000 students a year to the United States of America to study – 400,000 students a year studying in our universities come from one country. It is no accident.
Much of the high-end industrial base inside of China is based on stolen technology, or technology purchased from other nations. It’s not home-grown.
Beijing doesn’t want Chinese researchers to stay here in the United States. Indeed, after they’re trained, they want them to come back. They want to induce their return for the singular purpose of serving the Socialist Motherland.
Look, the Party’s propaganda apparatus cannot tolerate pesky Americans or Chinese nationals exposing its bankrupt system, or the fact that the Chinese people can actually flourish when they are in free societies."
Pompeo then went on to talk about various recent bombshell cases of alleged Chinese spies caught inside US territory stealing intellectual property, generally on college and university campuses.
He also mentioned China's program to lure American professors into their own programs, where they earn a lot of money and are under pressure to reveal sensitive information regarding US technology, specifically mentioning the Confucius institutes, which are quickly becoming infamous.
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