U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will meet with the Chinese Comunist Party’s (CCP) top diplomat, Yang Jiechi, in Hawaii today, June 17, amid growing tensions in recent months.
There are several issues that Pompeo has confronted the CCP about, including the accusation that it could have avoided the disastrous consequences of the CCP Virus, if it had been transparent with the information, according to Politico.
Also, the implementation of the new law issued by the CCP that will allow it to further suppress the autonomy of the Hong Kong people could be discussed at this meeting, given the strong support that the United States has shown for Hong Kong.
President Donald Trump is open to dialogue, without losing sight of the CCP’s constant violations of its promises.
“President @realDonaldTrump: The United States wants an open and constructive relationship with China, but achieving that relationship requires that we vigorously pursue our national interests,” the State Department said.
“The Chinese government has continuously violated its promises to us and to many other nations,” he added in the same message.
President @realDonaldTrump: The United States wants an open and constructive relationship with China but achieving that relationship requires us to vigorously defend our national interests. The Chinese government has continually violated its promises to us and many other nations. pic.twitter.com/nGRHROrF09
— Department of State (@StateDept) June 15, 2020
The summit has been surrounded by secrecy, but it is known that Undersecretary of State Stephen Biegun will also attend and that it will be held at Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii.
The CCP has generated international rejection in several fields, including multiple violations of human rights, which have strongly deteriorated its image.
In addition to the deaths caused by the CCP Virus, it recently made incursions into Indian territory, resulting in the armed confrontation and dozens of deaths on both sides.
It has also been aggressive in conquering positions in the South China Sea by entering into conflicts with Taiwan, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Brunei.
The negotiations that started with the telecommunication company Huawei for the installation of the 5G network have been reviewed and suspended in several countries, because of the risk of espionage by the CCP.
In anticipation of the meeting Pompeo and Jiechi, George Magnus, an associate at the Oxford University China Center, said no substantial results were expected.
“The upside might be an agreement to keep talking, possibly at the presidential level, later in the year. Even then, though, this will be about expedience, not real diplomatic breakthroughs” Magnus said, according to the South China Morning Post.