THE "Chinese Communist Party poses a real threat" to America, the US State Department and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have warned.
The Department tweeted Pompeo's warning on Thursday morning.
"The Chinese Communist Party poses a real threat," he said.
"We want China to engage on the world stage the way we ask every other nation to."
Just weeks ago, outgoing National Intelligence Director John Ratcliffe said that China poses the greatest threat to America and the rest of the free world since World War II.
"The intelligence is clear: Beijing intends to dominate the U.S. and the rest of the planet economically, militarily and technologically," Ratcliffe wrote in an op-ed published in The Wall Street Journal.
"Many of China’s major public initiatives and prominent companies offer only a layer of camouflage to the activities of the Chinese Communist Party."
“I call its approach of economic espionage ‘rob, replicate and replace,’” Ratcliffe said. “China robs U.S. companies of their intellectual property, replicates the technology and then replaces the U.S. firms in the global marketplace.”
In Beijing, foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying dismissed the editorial as a further move to spread "false information, political viruses and lies" in hopes of damaging China’s reputation and China-US relations.
"It offered nothing new but repeated the lies and rumors aimed at smearing China and playing up the China threat by any means," Hua said at a daily briefing.
"It's another hodgepodge of lies being produced by the relevant departments of the U.S. government for some time."
Skepticism about the CCP has heightened following the unearthing of the "Fang Fang scandal."
An expose by Axios was recently published detailing her encounters with different American government officials, but none have been accused of any wrongdoing.
Fang is believed to have been sent to gather information in the US by the Ministry of State Security in China - and befriended Democratic rep Swalwell, 40.
Swalwell, who has been married since 2016, has not been accused of having a sexual relationship with Fang, nor of any wrongdoing.
Shortly after this and as federal agents were circling, she fled the US.
However, Daniel Hoffman, a retired CIA Senior Clandestine Services Officer, told Fox News it is likely there are more of these agents attempting to infiltrate the US.
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The "honey trap" spies are known to have attended top universities and to speak perfect English.
Hoffman said: "I can say with a high level of confidence that there are many more of these women out there. China's MO is to flood the zone."