(CNSNews.com) – Reacting to former Vice President Joe Biden’s comments last week playing down the challenges posed by China, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday they seemed “a little disconnected from the reality that is China today.”
“China is going to eat our lunch?” the Democratic 2020 presidential hopeful asked at a campaign event in Iowa. “Come on, man!”
Biden suggested the Chinese were too busy dealing with corruption and other issues, adding, “They’re not bad folks, folks. But guess what? They’re not a – they’re not competition for us.”
On Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace asked Pompeo, “Does former Vice President Biden know something you don’t?”
“It seems a little disconnected from the reality that is China today,” Pompeo said with a chuckle. “Maybe when he ran for president the first time, this was the situation, but it’s certainly not today. China poses an enormous challenge to the United States of America.”
Pompeo said he does agree with Biden that “ultimately, America will prevail.”
“I’m confident of that; we should bet on our nation,” he said. “But it’s going to take a serious, concerted effort – a president like President Trump, who is prepared to push back against China, whether that be on trade or their military buildup, or the theft of our intellectual property.”
“We need a president who will be serious in protecting America against the challenges that China presents.”
Biden, 76, is running for the Democratic presidential nomination for a third time, after unsuccessful bids in 1988 and 2008.
In its annual report on China’s military power, the Pentagon last week outlined Beijing’s development of advanced weapons systems, including the modernization of its submarine fleet.
It also referred to a continuing program of militarization in the disputed waters of the South China Sea, and warned that China’s air force “continues to modernize and is rapidly closing the gap with Western air forces across a broad spectrum of capabilities.”
The report pointed to a country determined to secure the “status as a great power with the aim of emerging as the preeminent power in the Indo-Pacific region.”