On Tuesday, the Washington Free Beacon reported that, during a visit with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called for a “coalition” of like-minded countries to prevent continued Chinese violations of international norms.
“We hope we can build out a coalition that understands the threat and will work collectively to convince the Chinese Communist Party that it is not in their best interest to engage in this kind of behavior. We want to see every nation who understands freedom and democracy … to understand this threat that the Chinese Communist Party is posing to them,” Pompeo said.
Pompeo is currently in London to discuss how the United Kingdom and the U.S. have a “’special relationship’ in the face of pressing world issues,” and to secure agreements on issues relating to Hong Kong, Huawei, and a free trade agreement.
The Free Beacon noted that according to Heritage Foundation scholar Nile Gardiner, “Pompeo’s visit will strengthen cooperation between Washington and London in confronting Chinese aggression, especially in Hong Kong. There is growing synergy between the U.S. and British positions. The U.K. has significantly hardened its stance towards China in recent months, and has offered to give safe haven to up to three million Hong Kongers.”
Britain has also reversed course on Huawei and is now following the U.S.’s lead, by electing to expel all Huawei from Britain’s 5G network by 2027. The Free Beacon notes that Britain banning Huawei “signals to other European countries a changing attitude toward economic cooperation with China.”
China’s decades-long theft of U.S. technology, constant human rights violations, and of course exportation of a pandemic plaguing the world since March, shows that it is nothing less than a malicious enemy of the West. As such, Communist China deserves to be countered with as much strength as it possibly could be.