Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday, Oct. 30, accused China’s Communist Party of running hostile policies against U.S. interests, saying that American people, under the leadership of President Donald Trump, have now realized the challenges posed by China.

Speaking at a gala dinner of the conservative Hudson Institute think tank in New York, Pompeo said the United States had long cherished its friendship with the Chinese people, but it is the Communist Party that has been posing security threats to the United States.

“The Communist government in China today is not the same as the people of China. They are reaching for and using methods that have created challenges for the United States and for the world and we collectively, all of us, need to confront these challenges … head on,” Pompeo said.

“It is no longer realistic to ignore the fundamental differences between our two systems, and the impact that these differences may have on the United States,” Pompeo said.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the Hudson Institute in New York on Oct. 30, 2019. (Mike Pompeo Twitter)

Echoing remarks last week by Vice President Mike Pence, Pompeo said China’s ruling party must be confronted rather than coddled on numerous fronts, including trade practices, human rights record, and its aggression in the South China Sea and toward Taiwan.

Pompeo noted that President Trump had sounded the alarm about China from his very first day in office.

“Today, we’re finally realizing the degree to which the Communist Party is truly hostile to the United States and our values … and we are able to do this because of the leadership of President Trump,” he said.

“The Chinese Communist Party is a Marxist-Leninist Party focused on a ‘struggle’ and international domination – we need only listen to the words of their leaders,” he continued.

In a tweet following his speech, Pompeo summarized that the United States accommodated China’s rise in the hope they would become freer, but Chinese Communist Party, in response, capitalized America’s goodwill.

In the coming months, Pompeo said, he would deliver more speeches on the competing ideologies and values, including on global influence campaigns by the Chinese Communist Party’s intelligence agencies and “unfair and predatory” economic practices by Beijing. He would also address the build-up of China’s military capabilities that far exceed the need for its self defense.

The Pompeo blasted China’s Communist Party even as the Trump administration said it expected to sign the first phase of a trade deal with Beijing next month.

In a response, China’s Foreign Ministry said that Pompeo’s remarks were a vicious attack and that any attempt to smear China or obstruct its growth was doomed to fail.

In a daily briefing on Thursday, the ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said the comments from Pompeo also reflected fear of China’s international domination and exposed an anti-communist mindset.

Includes reporting from Reuters, andThe Associated Press