U.S. Vice President Mike Pence’s extensive speech about Beijing’s aggression and the United States’ counter-strategy has mirrored concerns that Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi has been warning of for more than a year, sparking calls for a royal commission into Chinese influence in Australia.
Vice President Pence's remarks, delivered at the Hudson Institute in Washington last week, signal a new era for the U.S.–China relationship.
Pence offered a direct criticism of the Chinese Communist Party’s wide-ranging tactics to advance its interests in the United States and globally, including Beijing’s meddling in the 2018 U.S. midterm elections with propaganda to influence public opinion; human-rights violations within its borders; its censorship of Hollywood films that enter the Chinese market; and its bullying of Taiwan.
He emphasized that the Trump administration would take a proactive approach to countering Beijing’s aggression, calling it a “reset” of “America’s economic and strategic relationship with China.”
Vice President Pence said, "After the fall of the Soviet Union, we assumed that a free China was inevitable. Heady with optimism, at the turn of the 21st Century, America agreed to give Beijing open access to our economy, and bring China into the World Trade Organization."
"Previous administrations made this choice in the hope that freedom in China would expand in all forms – not just economically, but politically, with a newfound respect for classical liberal principles, private property, religious freedom, and the entire family of human rights… but that hope has gone unfulfilled. The dream of freedom remains distant for the Chinese people."
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Senator Bernardi said in May that the Coalition government needed to be stronger in relation to Chinese Communist Party influence:
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