During an event at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, California, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced a new era in U.S.-China relations, urging other pro-democracy governments to confront Chinese communist Party’s tyranny.
In his speech Pompeo recalled the relationship that former U.S. President Nixon acquired 50 years ago with the CCP, taking the opportunity to announce that Washington, as well as other powers, should not “continue a blind engagement with China.”
“The old paradigm of blind engagement with China [the CCP] simply won’t get it done. We must not continue it and we must not return to it. The free world must triumph over this new tyranny,” said Pompeo.
“China is increasingly authoritarian at home, and more aggressive in its hostility to freedom abroad,” Pompeo added.
In addition, as reported by The Associated Press, Pompeo said that if the free world did not change communist China, it would surely change the world. “There can be no return to past practices because they’re comfortable, or because they’re convenient,” Pompeo added.
“The kind of engagement we have been pursuing has not brought the kind of change in China that President Nixon hoped to induce,” Pompeo said. “The truth is that our policies—and those of other free nations—resurrected China’s failing economy, only to see Beijing bite the international hands that fed it.”
At the same time, Pompeo highlighted the way former President Ronald Reagan dealt with the Soviet Union on the basis of “trust but verify,” although he said that when it came to the Chinese Communist Party it was best to “Distrust” and “verify.”
Pompeo’s speech comes on top of statements made by various Trump administration officials throughout the week condemning the Chinese Communist Party’s dishonest actions on trade, or human rights issues.
Days ago, the State Department issued a sanction to withdraw the visas of Chinese officials involved in the violation of human rights in regions such as Tibet or Xinjiang, as well as officials involved in the repression of freedoms in Hong Kong after the imposition of the new national security law.
The most recent action taken by the U.S. government was the closure of a Chinese Consulate in Houston, Texas, on the grounds of intellectual property theft as well as inappropriate actions by Chinese students and researchers, according to AP.
Tensions between the CCP and the United States are also taking place in the South China Sea, where the Pentagon has moved warships and aircraft carriers to maintain stability in the region after the CCP stepped up military exercises.
As Newsweek noted, once the new CCP Virus pandemic took hold, the White House blamed Beijing for mishandling the outbreak and doubled efforts to deal with it, even as Washington “dealt with overlapping domestic crises of public health, an economic recession, and mass protests.”