Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called out previous presidential administrations for failing to curtail Chinese advancements at a cost to the safety of the United States.
President Donald Trump has been locked in a trade war with Chinese President Xi Jinping as he tries to negotiate a new trade deal that ensures fair trade while putting a stop to the intellectual property theft that has been taking place for years.
A report from CNBC found that one in five U.S. companies believe they are victims of intellectual property theft at the hands of Chinese businesses — which are largely owned by the Chinese government.
The theft, however, doesn’t stop at U.S. tech companies. The U.S. military has been vulnerable to intellectual property theft as well, making these trade negotiations impact both the economic security of the country, but also national security.
During an interview on Fox Business, Pompeo told host Maria Bartiromo that “the threat of theft of not only commercial intellectual property, but of military technology is real, and we’re doing our best to prevent that from happening.”
Although Trump has been taking the issue of theft from China seriously throughout his first two years in office, Pompeo claimed that the administration is trying to make up for lost time from previous administrations’ inaction, including that of former President Barack Obama.
Watch Pompeo’s comments below:
“The president, quite rightly, whether it was making sure that we have fair, reciprocal, free trade with China, his decision on Chinese technology. These are things that previous administrations refused to do. It put America, as you said, behind where we should have been. We were too late to the game, but President Trump and the team recognizes this challenge, and we are now determined to put in place all the resources needed to push back against them.”
The White House isn’t alone in its efforts to push back against China. As IJR previously reported, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) has drafted legislation that would prevent U.S. tech companies from working with the Chinese government on military technology.