Today, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf delivered remarks at a virtual event hosted by the Heritage Foundation detailing the enduring threat from the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and DHS’s strategy to confront it.
“The threat from the PRC is a clear and present danger that we cannot afford to ignore, for the good of our country, our way of life, and our civilization,” said Acting Secretary Wolf in the speech. “I am immensely proud of the work DHS has done to recognize the threat China poses to the Homeland. But for all we have done, we must do more. I have faith that our country can rise to meet the challenge.”
In his remarks, the Acting Secretary outlined a number of steps the Department is currently undertaking to combat Chinese aggression. Among these, DHS is taking bold action to prevent Chinese students, journalists, and Communist Party members from exploiting our immigration system. U.S. Customs and Border Protection is continuing to detain goods produced with forced labor in the Xinjiang region, and the Department will be issuing a business advisory cautioning against using data services and equipment from firms linked to the PRC.
The Acting Secretary also announced a forthcoming DHS “Strategic Action Plan to Counter the People’s Republic of China,” an innovative document that builds on President Trump’s 2017 National Security Strategy and the 2020 U.S. Strategic Approach to the People’s Republic of China.