In his speech Sunday, acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Chad Wolf reiterated the intelligence agency’s assessment of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) threat to the United States, warning that the CCP’s aim is to end the American way of life.
“China threatens the livelihood, prosperity, and well-being of each and every American. Your homes, your schools, your jobs, your retirement accounts, and your health are all at risk. Our struggle with China is nothing short of a civilizational conflict,” Wolf stated at a virtual event hosted by The Heritage Foundation in Washington.
“Our founders had a powerful vision for this nation. To be a bastion of freedom, a shining ‘city upon a hill,’ and a beacon of hope to those suffering across the world—including those fleeing oppressive, authoritarian regimes,” Wolf added.
Wolf told listeners that the CCP fundamentally opposes free and open economic and democratic societies and views the United States as “a political and ideological threat. It wants to reshape the world in its image: centrally-planned and authoritarian.”
Director of National Intelligence (DNI) John Ratcliffe Wrote in a December Op-ed, “The intelligence is clear: Beijing intends to dominate the U.S. and the rest of the planet economically, militarily, and technologically.”
Wolf cautioned that the CCP aims to kill the United States from within through misinformation and propaganda. Wolf said it would be difficult to detail each and every way the CCP targets the United States, but he did mention some of the key tactics used by the CCP.
“China attacks the legitimacy of our political system,” Wolf said. “Each day, Chinese operatives engage in disinformation campaigns designed to mislead the American public, pressure political figures, shape U.S. discourse in China’s favor, and shift responsibility for the deadly COVID-19 pandemic to others.”
He said the CCP uses cultural and economic relations to influence all levels of U.S. government and support pro-CCP policies. Wolf also pointed out that the CCP uses cyber attacks to disrupt the US economy and infrastructure.
“China’s cyber capabilities should alarm all Americans,” Wolf said. “A cyber-attack on our critical infrastructure could be catastrophic.”
“China is a top threat to U.S. supply chain security and a persistent source of counterfeit goods,” Wolf added, listing medicines, cosmetics, auto parts, and most recently, Personal Protective Equipment used during the pandemic, as some of the items the CCP produces to get an economic advantage.
Meanwhile, Christopher Wray, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), cautioned in July that Beijing’s counter-intelligence and economic espionage activities are the “greatest long-term threat” to U.S. economic and national security.
In a November statement, Wray said: “The Chinese Communist Party’s theft of sensitive information and technology isn’t a rumor or a baseless accusation. It’s very real, and it’s part of a coordinated campaign by the Chinese government.”
He added that “the FBI opens a new China-related counterintelligence case nearly every 10 hours.”
Wolf summarized President Donald Trump’s “whole-of-government” response to the threat of the CCP and the strengthening of U.S. policy against the Chinese regime to avoid the attacks on America.
Wolf concluded his remarks by revealing that his department will soon be releasing a strategic plan for countering the Chinese regime, “an innovative document built from President Trump’s 2017 National Security Strategy and the 2020 U.S. Strategic Approach to the People’s Republic of China.”