Pompeo: China ‘to pay price’ for coronavirus epidemic

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he felt the world would “pay a price” to China for the coronavirus epidemic.

“I think the world as a whole will pay them a price,” Pompeo told Hill during a virtual summit.

Pompeo said, “Everywhere I go, every foreign minister I talk to recognizes what China has done to the world.” “I am confident that the world will see China differently and be fundamentally different from what it was before this devastation.”

Coronaviruses, which are thought to have originated in Wuhan, China, have caused a global pandemic killing approximately 13.5 million and killing 581,097 people.

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The Trump administration has suggested for months that they could take steps to punish China for the lack of transparency around the virus outbreak.

Pompeo echoed the sentiment on Wednesday, saying that the Trump administration’s policy about China is “to ensure that we have a fair and reciprocal set of relations with the Chinese Communist Party.”

Pompeo has been vocal in his criticisms of China, and the administration made several announcements this week, stressing an already strained relationship – which President Trump signed on Tuesday for his intervention in Hong Kong’s autonomy. Were banned. .

Pompeo also criticized China for its actions in the South China Sea and accused them of carrying out a “campaign to control bullying” for offshore resources and energy development.

The secretary’s comments were the first time the US had challenged China’s legal authority in the region, calling her actions “completely illegal”.

“The US stands with its rights and obligations under international laws to protect its sovereign rights for Southeast Asian allies and offshore resources,” Pompeo said.

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China retaliated against US involvement in the area of ​​banning Lockheed Martin Corp after the proposal for the sale of the missile to Taiwan was approved by the Department of Defense and the State Department.

“We had an American company doing business in line with US foreign policy,” Pompeo told reporters on Wednesday.

“I regret that the Chinese Communist Party opted to threaten against Lockheed Martin.”

Pompeo praised the UK’s decision this week to partially work with Huawei to cancel their agreement to develop their 5G capabilities, a move directly related to pressure from the US .

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US security officials had previously warned their British allies that they would likely severely change all intelligence sharing practices should Britain form a relationship with the Chinese telecommunications company.

“This is a Chinese Communist Party acting in a way that poses a real threat to the world, and the United States is going to respond in every one of those places to ensure that we are American nationals. Preserve security and impose costs on the Chinese Communist Pompeo said on Wednesday that the party will come up with a good result to bring about a change in behavior.