US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo criticized Chinese leaders as “tyrants” who were determined to impose their hegemony on the world, in a grim picture of Beijing’s approach.
Pompeo said in a speech yesterday at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in the city of Europe Linda, California, that Chinese President Xi Jinping “is not destined to practice tyranny inside and outside China forever, unless we allow it.”
Pompeo also described competition with China as an existential struggle between truth and falsehood, in a tone that recalls those used by Washington during its confrontation with the Soviet Union during the Cold War period.
“If we bow now, our children may be at the mercy of the Communist Party of China, whose actions are the primary challenge we face today in the free world,” Pompeo said. The free world must prevail over this new tyranny. ” Pompeo’s speech comes a day after the United States unexpectedly asked China to close its consulate in Houston, Texas, within 72 hours.
China rejected the accusations, and the Chinese Foreign Ministry soon announced yesterday that Beijing had asked Washington to close the US consulate in Chengdu.
“Pompeo made a speech in which he launched a malicious attack on the Chinese Communist Party and the Chinese social system, and made baseless accusations against China’s domestic and foreign policies,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Weinbin told reporters.
“Beijing was offended by Pompeo’s choice of his speech site, the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in California,” Wang said.
Follow our latest local and sports news and the latest political and economic developments via Google news