What does the China threat mean for the economy, for liberty, and indeed for the future of free democracy around the world? The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has failed in its promises to the world.

Speaking at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library on Thursday, July 23, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Americans, “If we bend the knee now, our children’s children may be at the mercy of the CCP, whose actions are the primary challenge to the free world.” reports Fox News.

“We opened our arms to Chinese citizens, only to see the CCP exploit our free and open society,” Pompeo continued with pointed remarks toward the Chinese leader. “General Secretary Xi Jinping is a true believer in a bankrupt totalitarian ideology.”

“It’s true that unlike the Soviet Union, China is deeply integrated into the global economy,” he said. “But Beijing is more dependent on us than we are on them.”

Pompeo declared that “the old paradigm of blind engagement with China has failed,” and announced a new approach toward the CCP, “Distrust but verify.”

The FBI revealed a day earlier that a program had been implemented by the CCP to secretly and illegally place military researchers in various U.S. universities to obtain sensitive information.

Houston’s Chinese Consulate was forced to close this week, with Pompeo declaring it was “a hub of spying and IP theft.”

The State Department announced it ordered the consulate closed within 72 hours after saying that Chinese agents have tried to steal data from Texas facilities. They included the Texas A&M medical system statewide and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, reported Fox News.

Cai Wei, the Chinese consul general, told KTRK-TV, Houston, the order to shut down was “quite wrong” and “very damaging” to the U.S.–China relations.

Asked about accusations of espionage and stealing data, Cai said, “You have to give some evidence, say something from the facts. … Knowing Americans, you have the rule of law, you are not guilty until you are proved guilty.”

State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said that the closure was “to protect American intellectual property and Americans’ private information.”

Beijing is furious and has vowed to retaliate.

Pompeo made the point to distinguish the difference between the CCP and the Chinese people.

“Communists always lie, but the biggest lie is that the Chinese Communist Party speaks for 1.4 billion people who are surveilled, oppressed, and scared to speak out,” Pompeo remarked. “Quite the contrary. The CCP fears the Chinese people’s honest opinions more than any foreign foe. And save for losing their own grip on power, they have no reason to.”

The Trump administration has previously taken measures against Chinese officials, students, and researchers by placing travel bans, strict requirements for registration, and other actions intended to reduce the influence of the CCP.

They have also rejected most of the maritime claims made by China in the South China Sea.