Sec State Pompeo Signals Break on China Policy, Suggests US-led Alliance Against Beijing

Sandra Loyd

Washington needs to make a tidy break with its existing policy of trusting China and ought to lead a global “alliance of democracies” to counter its significantly aggressive actions, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated Thursday, in the current of a series of hawkish Trump administration speeches about Beijing.

Speaking at the Nixon Library in California, Pompeo stated the U.S. had little to show for almost 5 years of engagement with China, while Beijing has actually consistently benefited from Washington’s complacency in bilateral relations, consisting of through intellectual property (IP) theft, trade imbalances, and the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) styles for a global hegemony.

“The old paradigm of blind engagement with China has failed,” Pompeo stated. “We must not continue it. We must not return to it.”

The leading U.S. diplomat stated the Trump administration will no longer accept platitudes from the Chinese federal government, when it consistently reneges on its guarantees and opposes its claims.

Pompeo berated Beijing for its absence of openness in the handling of the coronavirus pandemic, which came from its city of Wuhan in late 2019 and has actually gone on to contaminate more than 15 million people worldwide.

He likewise knocked China over its repressive procedures in Hong Kong and against Uyghurs in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Area (XUAR), trade abuses he stated had actually cost American tasks and damaged U.S. business, and increased costs on its military, which he stated consistently takes part in intriguing acts to advance its territorial claims.

As part of its shift in policy towards China, Pompeo kept in mind that the Trump administration has actually taken significantly harder procedures against Beijing.

He mentioned the abrupt closure today of its consulate in Houston– which he called “a hub of spying and IP theft”– the leveling of sanctions against Chinese authorities considered accountable for rights abuses, and the increase of operations in waters Beijing claims in the South China Sea and the Taiwan Strait.

Require global pressure

He called on other “free nations” to follow the U.S. lead in withstanding China, although he acknowledged that not every nation might be anticipated to do so in the exact same method.

“Every nation will have to come to its own understanding of how to protect its national security, its economic prosperity, and its ideals from the tentacles of the CCP,” he stated.

“But I call on all nations to start by doing what America has done—to insist on reciprocity, transparency, and accountability from the Chinese Communist Party … a cadre of rulers that is far from homogenous.”

Pompeo stated that the U.S. “can’t face this challenge alone,” however he questioned the capability of existing global bodies to press back against China.

“The U.N., NATO, the G7, the G20, our combined economic, diplomatic, and military power is surely enough to meet this challenge, if directed properly,” he stated, recommending that such groups had actually currently been weakened by China’s impact.

“Maybe it’s time for a new grouping of like-minded nations … a new alliance of democracies. Securing our freedoms from the Chinese Communist Party is the mission of our time, and America is perfectly positioned to lead it because of our founding principles.”

Pompeo once again worried that there “can be no return to past practices” in handling China.

“If the free world doesn’t change Communist China, Communist China will change us,” he stated.

‘Putting it all together’

The secretary of state’s speech was the 4th he provided after National Security Consultant Robert C. O’Brien, FBI Director Christopher Wray, and Chief Law Officer William Barr that he stated the Trump administration had actually utilized to “make clear the threats to Americans” the president’s policy intends to attend to.

Recently, Barr went over the financial danger China postures to the U.S., stating that “the ultimate ambition of China’s rulers isn’t to trade with the United States. It is to raid the United States.”

Previously this month, Wray cautioned that acts of espionage and theft by China’s federal government posture the “greatest long-term threat” to the future of the U.S. and stated it is associated with a “whole-of-state effort to become the world’s only superpower by any means necessary.”

In late June, O’Brien went over the ideology of China’s leaders, comparing Chinese President Xi Jinping to Soviet totalitarian Josef Stalin and recommending both U.S. political celebrations had actually stopped working to see that Beijing is working to “remake the world” in its image.

Pompeo stated that his goal Thursday was to “put it all together for the American people … and detail what the China threat means for our economy, our liberty, and the free world’s future.”

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