"Americans must know how the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is poisoning the well of our higher education institutions for its own ends and how those actions degrade our freedoms and American national security... If we don't educate ourselves, if we're not honest about what's taking place, we'll get schooled by Beijing," he said.
Attacking 'left-leaning' institutions as the prime targets of the CCP, he also called for greater protections for Chinese students on college campuses, speaking out against Beijing, and maintaining vigilance against efforts of theft of academic and research materials.
Pompeo's remarks come after US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross on Tuesday chided China for not complying with the international trade rules and called Beijing a principal military and economic threat in the Asian region.
"China continues to be both the largest potential market and the principal military and economic threat in the region," Ross said.
China and the US are at loggerheads since President Donald Trump took office over many issues including trade, Indo-Pacific, coronavirus and treatment of Uyghur Muslims. The tensions between the two countries have escalated in recent times.
Earlier this month, Pompeo, announced sanctions against 14 vice-chairpersons of the National People's Congress over the controversial national security law imposed on Hong Kong, and also designated China in its list of 'Countries of Particular Concern' (CPC) for violations of religious freedom.
Prior to that, John Ratcliffe, US Director of National Intelligence (DNI), in an opinion piece on The Wall Street Journal, wrote: "If I could communicate one thing to the American people from this unique vantage point, it is that the People's Republic of China poses the greatest threat to America today and the greatest threat to democracy and freedom worldwide since World War II.
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