In a speech at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo touched on increasing concerns due to the aggressive behavior of Communist China. “Nearly 50 years after Nixon’s historic 1972 trip to China, Pompeo used the symbolism of the venue to accuse the Chinese of taking advantage of that opportunity to lie, cheat and steal their way to power and prosperity. Pompeo called for the free world to “induce” change in China, making an overt appeal for a new coalition of democratic nations to force the Chinese Communist Party change direction or face isolation. Pompeo said western engagement with China could not continue as it has.
Veteran Pastor Greg Laurie was at the event and offered this prayer:
“Lord, today we come before you to thank you that we live in the United States of America. And one thing we treasure so greatly is the freedom we have from you to pursue life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
We have the freedom to speak our minds, the freedom to worship, and the freedom to proclaim the message that Jesus died for our sins and rose from the dead and can give us that personal liberty, life and happiness we desire if we trust Him as our Savior and Lord.
But we have other brothers and sisters in other countries that don't have this freedom.
We think of all those suffering under the tyranny of Communist China, including our own persecuted Church. We pray for them, that you would strengthen them and help them.
We thank you for President Trump, who wants to courageously lead us in the right way. We thank you for Secretary Pompeo who is a champion for these rights. We pray that you will use Secretary Pompeo as your servant to help others around the world to know the freedom we enjoy.
We commit this meeting, this speech and most importantly our nation to you. We ask you to protect, guide and bless America. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”
The Nixon Library is located in Yorba Linda, California. Nixon was instrumental in opening up relations with China in the 1960s.