New US Policy on Beijing, ‘Mistrust and Verify’, Ends 50 Years of Sino-American Acceptance
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WASHINGTON: “Distrusting and verifying” will be the new American approach to Beijing, the United States said Thursday, declaring that the era of “appeasing China” is over, while raising serious allegations of theft and espionage against the country’s communist regime and Es military.
In further deterioration due to ties between the two countries following orders from the Trump government to close the Chinese consulate in Houston on espionage charges, Washington He also accused the Chinese consulate in San Francisco of harboring a potential fugitive: Chinese military personnel disguised as an investigator, a tactic US officials say is part of Beijing’s undercover operations to steal American intellectual property.
In court filings, the FBI and the Justice Department alleged that Tang Juan was granted an F1 nonimmigrant student visa last fall to conduct investigations at the University of California, Davis, but after agents from the FBI found photos of her in military uniform online, interviewed her on June 20 about her visa application.
“The FBI evaluates that, at some point after Tang’s search and interview on June 20, 2020, Tang went to the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco, where the FBI evaluates that she has stayed,” the US attorneys wrote in a court filing on July 20. who brought federal charges against Tang for visa fraud.
The confrontation over the “investigator” hidden in the OFS consulate follows a fundamental change in US policy toward China that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hopes to elaborate on Thursday night, significantly at the Nixon Library in California, called Thus by the President whose reach in China almost 50 years ago began four decades of prolific commitment to the communist dictatorship.
President Trump and some of his top advisers now believe that China used the time, and the goodwill and benevolence of the United States through the Republican and Democratic administrations, to “defraud” the United States in an effort to overcome it in the worldwide draw for power. In a briefing at the White House, Trump did not rule out closing more Chinese consulates.
The United States targeting Chinese researchers and consulates comes amid allegations that hackers working with the Chinese government have targeted companies developing coronavirus vaccines and stolen hundreds of millions of dollars in intellectual property and trade secrets of companies around the world.
“There has been this long challenge of the Chinese Communist Party stealing intellectual property. President Trump has said enough. We will not allow this to continue to happen. We are setting clear expectations for how the Chinese Communist Party will behave.” . And when they don’t, we will take steps to protect the American people, “Pompeo said Wednesday as he sought support in Europe for America’s new tough approach.
In Washington, US officials said that the FBI and the Justice Department had discovered that Houston was the “epicenter of investigative theft.”
by the Chinese Communist Party, identifying China’s “thousand talents program” as one “specifically designed to recruit Chinese citizens to come to the United States to steal from our research institutions like MD Anderson, and technology and energy technology in the Houston area. “They revealed that US agencies discovered at least $ 1 billion in investigative thefts in a single case.
“In the past 40 to 50 years, we have tried this through the Republican and Democratic administrations that have opened up to China. We are trying to appease them. We have tried to do more business and get both countries together to bring them to international organizations,” said the State Department spokesman. Morgan Ortagus said in a television interview that he anticipated what he said would be a “historic speech” by Pompeo in which he “will set out exactly how our opening to China has failed and how we are now embarking on a new policy of mistrust.” and verify. ”
The reach of the United States to China began in 1970 through Pakistan and with what was called “ping-pong diplomacy” (involving an American table tennis team visiting China). This paved the way for Republican President Nixon’s eight-day visit to China in 1972, culminating seven years later with full diplomatic recognition of China by Democratic President Jimmy Carter and the trade ties that have resulted in the most trade relationship. world’s largest of $ 636 billion. biased in favor of China.