The state Department is requesting almost one and a half-billion dollars for 2021 to counter China.
US Secretary of state Michael Pompeo said the Communist Party of China (CPC) is вЂњthe central threat of the modern era.вЂќ He made the corresponding statement on Thursday, July 30, at a hearing in the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the US Senate.
вЂњWe objectively look at the Chinese Communist Party as the Central threat of the modern era,вЂќ he said, noting that American diplomacy вЂњhelped the international community understand the threat of the CPC.вЂќ
вЂњNo administration, neither Republicans nor Democrats, has been as aggressive in countering China's hostile actions as the administration of President Trump,вЂќ the Secretary of state said.
He noted that Washington imposed sanctions вЂњagainst the Chinese leadershipвЂќ as well as companies from China, terminated the special status for Hong Kong, and вЂњclosed the Consulate in Houston because it was a den of spies.вЂќ
Now, as part of its response to China, the state Department, in particular, is requesting $1.49 billion for 2021 to help countries in the Indo-Pacific region, вЂњwhich is an increase of 20% compared to the budget request for 2020.вЂќ
Recall that last week the US closed the Chinese Consulate General in Houston, and China closed the US Consulate General in Chengdu.