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Former US Secretary of State Pompeo sends a ‘message to the Chinese people’

The “Evening Chats with Mike Pompeo” video series is a new initiative of the China Center at the Hudson Institute.

Former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo now has an online series where he aims to speak directly to the Chinese people about the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and US-China relations.

The series, “Evening Chats with Mike Pompeo: A Message to the Chinese People,” from the Hudson Institute’s China Center went live with the first episode on September 14.

This first episode is titled “The Chinese Communist Party Does Not Represent the Chinese People” and Pompeo explains how the CCP is a totalitarian regime that only serves its own interests.

“The CCP’s worst lie is that it speaks on behalf of China and Chinese civilization. And I think the CCP knows that’s a lie,” he says in the video below.

“If Beijing thought it was representing the Chinese people, it wouldn’t spend more on domestic repression and surveillance than it does on external defense,” he says. “If the CCP represented the Chinese people, it would hold free and fair elections tomorrow. But that won’t be the case.

Regarding US-China relations, Pompeo explains why the CCP is hostile to the United States.

“The CCP hates the United States because they are paranoid that the Chinese people will be inspired by the example of American freedom, the oldest and most influential democracy in the world,” he said.

In the video, Pompeo also summarizes what the CCP is.

“[It] is a one-party totalitarian political organization committed to an anti-Chinese foreign ideology. It started as a group of brutal and radical extremists. And frankly, not much has changed.

Marxist ideologies contrary to Chinese traditions

What Pompeo says in the video is nothing new to him, he has long been outspoken about the CCP, including when he served in the Trump administration. At a Hong Kong Freedom Beacon event last October, Pompeo said the CCP’s Marxist ideologies run counter to Chinese traditions while calling the regime “the greatest threat” to the 1.4 billion people living on the continent.

In the Hudson Institute video, Pompeo also addresses the Chinese people’s relationship with the regime.

“There is no greater enemy for the CCP than you, the Chinese people. I know this to be true because all of my interactions with the CCP leaders have convinced me that what really matters to the CCP is maintaining its grip on the Chinese people,” he said.

Screenshot from the first episode of “An Evening Chat with Mike Pompeo: a message to the Chinese People”. (Video screenshot)

Pompeo also praises “brave Chinese freedom fighters” like Cardinal Joseph Zen and Hong Kong’s Jimmy Lai, who reject the regime and try to hold it to account.

Zen is a cardinal of the Catholic Church in Hong Kong who has been outspoken on issues of human rights, political freedom and religious freedom in China.

Jimmy Lai is a Hong Kong entrepreneur and pro-democracy activist who founded several clothing brands and media companies, including Apple Daily, a well-known Chinese-language newspaper in Hong Kong and Taiwan.

“There are many heroes, big and small, all over China. These are the people who go to secret houses for worship, commemorate Tiananmen Square, and refuse to believe the CCP’s lies every day,” Pompeo said.

“The so-called People’s Republic seems to have a problem with its own people,” he says at the end of the video.

The former US Secretary of State and his team will develop this new series over the coming months.

The US State Department ended its history of naive engagement with the CCP when Pompeo served as the 70th US Secretary of State.

Pompeo now serves as distinguished man at the Hudson Institute, focusing on advancing U.S. national security, technology leadership, and global engagement. He is also Chairman of the Advisory Board of the China Center of the Hudson Institute.

The China Center is now under the management of Miles Yuwho was previously a senior adviser on China policy and planning at the US State Department.

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Miles Yu, former senior China policy adviser to former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in Annapolis, Md. (Tal Atzmon/The Epoch Times)

Yu specializes in Chinese military and strategic culture, American and Chinese military and diplomatic history, and American policy toward China.

“The challenge the CCP poses to the world is not just a technological challenge, it’s not just an economic challenge, not just a military challenge,” Yu said in a recent interview with sister media NTD. from The Epoch Times.

“But more importantly, it’s a moral challenge. Because the moral nature of the communist regime is antithetical to all major moral foundations of modern society,” he said.

Kathleen Li


Kathleen Li has contributed to The Epoch Times since 2009 and focuses on China-related topics. She is a professional engineer, registered in civil and structural engineering in Australia.