Pompeo and the State Department continue to express strong criticism of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appears to be intensifying his messages against the CCP. Attacks usually revolve around the most critical points: human rights abuses against different minorities (such as Uighurs, Christians, Falun Gong practitioners, freedom demonstrators in Hong Kong, and Taiwan) and its responsibility in the spread of the CCP Virus.
On Sunday night, the State Department published a tweet that read, “We are watching the world unite to come to understand the threat from the Chinese Communist Party.”
— Department of State (@StateDept) July 20, 2020
Lately, there are more and more speeches by different representatives of the Trump administration take advantage of some moments to remind everyone about some situation of abuse by the CCP on humanity and its rights.
“China [the CCP], in particular, is aggressively promoting a very different concept in which national priorities of various sorts prevail over the basic rights of speech, assembly, religious freedom, and free elections,” Pompeo said Thursday in a speech on the State Department’s efforts on “inalienable rights.”
The next day, the secretary of state made a similar comment in a speech in Iowa: “And inside China, just to give a single example, a few weeks back I read a report about the Chinese Communist Party forcing mass abortions and sterilization on Chinese Muslims in Western China.” He continued, “These are some of the most gross human rights violations we have seen and I’ve referred to it as the stain of the century.”
July 20 marked the 21st anniversary of the CCP’s persecution of Falun Gong practitioners. A State Department press release condemned the situation and called for an immediate end to the abuse and mistreatment of Falun Gong practitioners.
With regard to the CCP Virus, no opportunity was missed to remind everyone of the CCP’s responsibility for the virus’s expansion to the whole world and the complicity of the World Health Organization. As could be heard in a video of Pompeo tweeting last week:
.@SecPompeo: China made a promise to the @WHO. When you have an incident in your country that could potentially lead to a pandemic, you have an obligation to report that and to allow others to come in and help you be transparent. The Chinese Communist Party chose differently. pic.twitter.com/EwyXv7iPoQ
— Department of State (@StateDept) July 17, 2020
“China [the CCP] made a promise to the World Health Organization. There’s a set of rules about disclosure, and when you have an incident in your country that could potentially lead to a pandemic, you have an obligation to report that and allow others to come in and help you be transparent.”
President Trump, in an interview with “Fox News Sunday,” came to similar conclusions, “It came from China. They should never have let it go. They should never have let it out,” he said.
While a military confrontation between the two powers is seen as an uncertain possibility, the war of words between the United States and the CCP is slowly beginning to manifest itself in the material as well. President Trump signed the Hong Kong Accountability Bill this month. It is legislation hold accountable Chinese entities that contribute or have contributed to the erosion of freedoms once enjoyed in Hong Kong that they do business with.
In addition, the executive branch also announced sanctions in relation to the oppression of Uighur Muslims. Last week, a shipment of tons of goods from Xinjian was seized, where alleged forced labor camps for Uighurs is located.
Meanwhile, the CCP sanctioned some Americans, including Republicans Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. Marco Rubio, for criticizing the CCP’s human rights situation.
At this point there doesn’t appear to be a clear road ahead how far the disputes between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party will go. A major trade agreement was cut short and could not move forward, there are unresolved geopolitical claims in East Asia, legislation has emerged that promises to harm the economic interests of the other and threats from both sides. In between, there are hundreds of companies and commercial ties between the two nations that make the issue even more complex.