As the Trump administration continues to ramp up its criticism of China on multiple fronts, U.S. Attorney General William Barr made a stern announcement this week regarding the communist regime’s ongoing international power play.
In comments delivered during a speech on Thursday, Barr delivered a scathing indictment of the “economic blitzkrieg” he said is underway by China’s leaders as part of their “global ambitions” to surpass the United States as the “world’s preeminent superpower,” as the New York Post reported.
“Engaged in an economic blitzkrieg”
Barr’s remarks at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan, included a depiction of the tactics he asserted were being used to undermine and ultimately destroy America as we know it.
Such harsh rhetoric is hardly new within the Trump administration, as Barr indicated with references to previous speeches delivered by senior officials including national security adviser Robert O’Brien and FBI Director Chris Wray.
“The People’s Republic of China is now engaged in an economic blitzkrieg — an aggressive, orchestrated, whole-of-government (indeed, whole-of-society) campaign to seize the commanding heights of the global economy and to surpass the United States as the world’s preeminent superpower,” Barr said, according to a transcript of his prepared remarks.
He went on to describe the effort by China’s communist party to “tilt the playing field to its advantage” using “a wide array of predatory and often unlawful tactics.”
Among the troubling trends Barr cited were “currency manipulation, tariffs, quotas, state-led strategic investment and acquisitions, theft and forced transfer of intellectual property, state subsidies, dumping, cyberattacks, and espionage.”
“Ripped off the United States”
His speech went on to claim that roughly “80% of all federal economic espionage prosecutions have alleged conduct that would benefit the Chinese state, and about 60% of all trade secret theft cases have had a nexus to China.”
Turning his attention to a possible remedy, Barr said that America and other nations have become “dangerously dependent” on China for a variety of needs.
“As all of these examples should make clear, the ultimate ambition of China’s rulers isn’t to trade with the United States,” he said. “It is to raid the United States. If you are an American business leader, appeasing the PRC may bring short-term rewards. But in the end, the PRC’s goal is to replace you.”
President Donald Trump spoke out against China in comments on multiple occasions over the past several weeks, declaring in May that the nation had “ripped off the United States like no one has ever done before.”
Based on the remarks of the president and others in his administration, it is obvious that the White House continues to consider China a clear threat to the American way of life.