U.S. Attorney General William Barr just became the latest Trump administration official to speak out harshly against China’s communist leaders.
In a speech delivered at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum on Thursday, Barr expressed agreement with National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien’s assessment that the “days of American passivity and naivety regarding the People’s Republic of China are over.”
“China’s time has arrived”
The attorney general’s most recent remarks included his thoughts on the “United States’ response to the global ambitions of the Chinese Communist Party [CCP].”
According to Barr, the CCP is a problem for America and the entire world based on its attempts “to leverage the immense power, productivity, and ingenuity of the Chinese people to overthrow the rules-based international system and to make the world safe for dictatorship.”
He detailed the circumstances surrounding the nation’s rise to international power, including the ruling party’s long-held mottos: “Hide your strength and bide your time” and “China’s time has arrived.”
The communist regime is “engaged in an economic blitzkrieg,” Barr said, denouncing “an aggressive, orchestrated, whole-of-government (indeed, whole-of-society) campaign to seize the commanding heights of the global economy and to surpass the United States as the world’s preeminent superpower.”
In addressing the rise in dependency among many nations — including the United States — on China, Barr said the CCP has been able to “tilt the playing field to its advantage.”
“Predatory and often unlawful”
Barr also accused the communist government of perfecting “a wide array of predatory and often unlawful tactics: currency manipulation, tariffs, quotas, state-led strategic investment and acquisitions, theft and forced transfer of intellectual property, state subsidies, dumping, cyberattacks, and espionage.”
The attorney general went on to suggest some of America’s entertainers are complicit in the international power play.
“Hollywood actors, producers, and directors pride themselves on celebrating freedom and the human spirit,” he said. “And every year at the Academy Awards, Americans are lectured about how this country falls short of Hollywood’s ideals of social justice. But Hollywood now regularly censors its own movies to appease the Chinese Communist Party, the world’s most powerful violator of human rights. This censorship infects not only versions of movies that are released in China, but also many that are shown in American theaters to American audiences.”
President Donald Trump has similarly criticized China on a number of fronts, including its role in “concealing” the coronavirus in the early stage of the pandemic “and unleashing it upon the world.”
Given the willingness of Trump, Barr, and others to boldly condemn communist regimes, it is clear that this administration agrees with the attorney general’s prognosis that in order to “secure a world of freedom and prosperity for our children and grandchildren, the free world will need its own version of the world-of-society approach, in which the public and private sectors maintain their essential separation but work together collaboratively to resist domination and to win the contest for the commanding heights of the global economy.”