China escalated border tension with India and played “Rogue Actor” says Pompeo

US on Friday condemned the Chinese Army for escalating the border tension with India and described the Chinese Communist Party as a “rogue actor’’.

Pompeo was careful while critizing the Chinese Communist Party but unusually cited Chinese leader, Xi Jinping, by name. “General Secretary Xi Jinping has green-lighted a brutal campaign of repression against Chinese Muslims, a human rights violation on a scale we haven’t seen since World War II. Now, the PLA has escalated border tensions with India,” he said.

“The PLA (People’s Liberation Army) has escalated border tensions with India, the world’s most populous democracy. It’s militarising the South China Sea and illegally claiming more territory there, threatening vital sea lanes,” Pompeo said, a day after he expressed deep condolences to India on the death of 20 soldiers in violent clashes with Chinese troops at Galwan Valley in Ladakh early in the week.

During his virtual address on “Europe and the China Challenge” on Friday , the top American diplomat said that for so many years the West were in the hope or believed they could change the mindset of Chinese Communist Party and improve the lives of Chinese people during the process.

“Along the way, the CCP took advantage of our goodwill while assuring us they wanted a cooperative relationship. As (former Chinese politician) Deng Xiaoping said ‘Hide your strength, bide your time.’ I’ve talked in other venues about why this happened. It’s a complicated story. It’s no one’s fault,” Pompeo said.

Over the decades, American and European companies have invested heavily in China with great optimism.  It outsourced supply chains to places like Shenzhen, opened education institutions for PLA-affiliated students and welcomed Chinese state-backed investment in their countries, he said.

But instead of moving towards democracy CPC ended freedom in Hong Kong, violating an UN- registered treaty and rights of its citizen.

He highlighted the issue of India and China faceoff and how the Chinese soldiers used stones, nail-studded sticks, iron rods and clubs in carrying out brutal attacks on Indian soldiers after they protested the erection of a surveillance post by China on the Indian side of the Line of Actual Control in Galwan.

“The CCP isn’t just a rogue actor in its own neighbourhood. It lied about the coronavirus and let it spread to the rest of the world, while pressuring the WHO to assist its cover-up campaign. Hundreds of thousands of people have died, and the global economy has been decimated,

“Even now, months into the pandemic, China has not provided access to live virus samples, facilities, or information about patients in December in Wuhan,

“It’s the Chinese Communist Party that’s forcing the choice. The party wants us to throw away the progress we in the free world have made, through NATO and other institutions – formal and informal – and adopt a new set of rules and norms that accommodate Beijing,” Mike Pompeo said. 

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