Washington, July 22
Attacking China for its aggressive strikes in opposition to its neighbours, together with “instigating” a lethal confrontation with India in jap Ladakh, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has mentioned that Beijing can’t threaten nations and bully them within the Himalayas.
Speaking at a information convention in London on Tuesday, Pompeo mentioned China was one of many essential elements of his discussions along with his British counterpart Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.
“You can’t go make claims for maritime regions that you have no lawful claim to. You can’t threaten countries and bully them in the Himalayas. You can’t engage in cover-ups and co-opt international institutions like the World Health Organisation,” Pompeo mentioned.
Pompeo’s touch upon Chinese bullying of its Himalayan neighbours got here in response to a query if the US would love the UK to do extra to confront China.
“I don’t think about it that way; we don’t think about it that way. We think that the entire world needs to work together to ensure that every country, including China, behaves in the international system in ways that are appropriate and consistent with the international order,” he mentioned.
“We talked about how we’ve seen Hong Kong’s freedoms crushed. We’ve watched the CCP bully its neighbours, militarise features in the South China Sea, and instigate a deadly confrontation with India,” Pompeo mentioned.
The troops of India and China are locked in a standoff in a number of areas alongside the Line of Actual Control in jap Ladakh since May 5. The scenario deteriorated final month following the Galwan Valley clashes that left 20 Indian Army personnel useless.
China lately staked declare over the Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary in Bhutan on the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council and opposed funding to the undertaking.
China claims virtually the entire South China Sea as its sovereign territory. China has been constructing army bases on synthetic islands within the area additionally claimed by Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam.
The discussions between Pompeo and Raab got here hours after the UK suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong in response to a controversial safety regulation imposed by China within the former British territory.
He praised the UK for its current choice on China specifically these associated to Hong Kong and banning Huawei from the UK’s 5G networks. PTI