Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is now alleging that several Asian nations are coming to a common understanding with the United States with regard to countering “financial and military dominance” in the region by the Chinese Communist Party. Given the variety of overtly hostile forms of diplomacy attempted by the CCP over the last few years and months (namely “wolf warrior diplomacy” and “mask diplomacy”) since the outbreak of COVID-19 — it should come as no surprise that Asian leaders would wish to stake the future of their reputation on vibrant Western-style democracy rather than on totalitarian socialism as found in Communist China.
Via Washington Times:
Mr. Pompeo held talks this week with leaders of five southern Asian states and said in an interview that he found growing support for U.S.-led efforts to oppose Chinese efforts at financial and military dominance.
“Across a broad spectrum in the region, I think there’s a shared understanding that partnerships with democracies lead to better outcomes for them,” Mr. Pompeo told The Washington Times.
“There are just a thousand small ways that the tide is turning,” he said.
“There’s a little bit of push and a little bit of pull, and a lot of simple common understandings that have emerged over the last 2½ to three years where these countries have all said they welcome the United States’ more vigorous, more transparent, more responsive relationship with them, and they want to build friendships with fellow democracies to make life better for their own people,” he said.
Mr. Pompeo wrapped up the five-nation, around-the-world tour with a surprise visit to Vietnam days before the U.S. presidential election. The secretary of state said he hopes to continue leading foreign policy during a second Trump administration but noted that President Trump ultimately will decide on appointing any new Cabinet secretaries.
Win or lose on Tuesday, Mr. Pompeo said, he plans to use the remaining 100 days of the presidential term to seize diplomatic opportunities around the world. He touched on a number of priorities during the interview.
On arms control with Russia, Mr. Pompeo expressed doubts about extending the 2010 New START accord past its expiration in February in its current form.
“You know we’ve made some progress but, unfortunately, we’ve not been able to get the deal closed out,” he said. “But I haven’t given up.”
Mr. Pompeo noted the concept of a one-year freeze on U.S. and Russian warheads, proposed this month by Russian President Vladimir Putin, but said Washington had to be certain that the Kremlin was living up to its pledges.