U.S., U.K. talk anti-China coalition
The U.S., engaged in a global quest to create a coalition that will stand up against China’s Communist government, sent Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Britain this week to dangle a few carrots in front of America’s most important ally.
“We hope we can build out a coalition that understands the threat and will work collectively to convince the Chinese Communist Party that it is not in their best interest to engage in this kind of behavior,” Pompeo told reporters alongside British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab according to Reuters.
President Trump, Pompeo and other Republicans have been increasingly vocal in their criticism of China, but haven’t just confined themselves to rhetorical attacks.
The Trump administration has withdrawn trade protections for Hong Kong, sanctioned individual members of the Chinese Communist government, and recently ordered the Chinese consulate in Houston closed.
Now, Trump wants allies to help stop China’s bad behavior.
“Pompeo, on a visit to London, lauded Prime Minister Boris Johnson for ordering a purge of Huawei gear from its 5G mobile phone network, saying it was the right decision as data could have ended up in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party,” says Reuters.
The U.S administration held out the possibility of a new U.S.-British free trade accord as one incentive for the U.K. to aid in aggressively confronting the communist nation.
“A third round (of negotiations) scheduled for later this month, a primary focus for the United States is to see that we can make progress on this and bring this to a closure just as quickly as possible,” Pompeo said about a trade accord.
A trade agreement would help with the U.K. in its departure from the European Union, which will affect trade.
A Communist party official tweeted for the Foreign Ministry:
Pompeo’s speech on China: fact-distorting, full of ideological prejudice & Cold-War mentality. We express strong indignation & firm opposition to it.
The U.K. has been only slightly less critical of China’s Communist government than the Trump administration has been, suspending trade agreements, offering Hong Kong citizens who wish to flee the communist takeover of the island state U.K. passports and accusing China of a cover-up over COVID-19 and cyber attacks on virus researchers.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson contracted COVID-19 in March and only recently came back to work.
“If this virus were a physical assailant, an unexpected and invisible mugger — which I can tell you from personal experience, it is — then this is the moment when we have begun together to wrestle it to the floor,” he told the House of Commons on his return.
Now the U.S. wants the U.K.’s help. And the U.K. seems willing, slamming China this week for cyberattacks on U.S and U.K. researchers combating COVID-19.
“Our message to governments prepared to enable these activities is clear: the UK will continue to counter those conducting such cyber attacks, and work with our allies to hold perpetrators to account and deter further malicious activity around the world,” said the U.K.’s Foreign Ministry.
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