U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo rebuffed the Chinese social networking service Tik Tok Wednesday when asked about comments he made earlier in the week of banning Chinese social media apps, referring to that company. (July 8)
MIKE POMPEO: With respect to TikTok, I want to put it in the broader context. We have been engaged in a constant evaluation about ensuring that we protect the privacy of American citizens and their information as it transits. So this doesn't relate to any one particular business or company but rather to American national security, and we are striving to get that like that. The comments that I made about a particular company early this week fall in the context of us evaluating the threat from the Chinese Communist Party.
I want to give kudos to Google, Facebook, and Twitter for refusing to surrender user data to the Hong Kong government. Other companies should follow them and do the same.
The Chinese took incredibly aggressive action. The Indians have done their best to respond to that. I put this in the context of General Secretary Xi Jinping and his behavior throughout the region and, indeed, throughout the world. I don't think it's possible to look at that particular instance of Chinese Communist Party aggression in isolation. I think you need to put it in the larger context.
Well, there aren't many neighbors that can satisfactorily say that they know where their sovereignty ends and that the Chinese Communist Party will respect that sovereignty. That's certainly true now for the people of Bhutan as well. This is what the world must come together to respond to. This increasing revisionist effort that the Chinese Communist Party is engaged in something that President Trump has taken incredibly seriously.