Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Sunday, Dec. 26, that the current supply chain crisis would be just “child’s play” if the Chinese regime’s advance in dominating the South China Sea trade route cannot be stopped.
During an interview on WABC 770 AM, Pompeo drew attention to the danger posed to the entire world by the Communist regime’s encroachment and overreach in the South China Sea area.
According to the former Secretary of State, China’s monopolization that it intends to generate in the trade route could create massive global shortages if it is not stopped.
“Southeast Asia, countries like Vietnam and Singapore and South Korea, all need to understand that the threat from China’s domination of the South China Sea will make our supply chain problems that we’re suffering from today look like child’s play if the Chinese are able to dominate … commercial shipments through the South China Sea,” said Pompeo.
In this sense, he assured that China’s intention is precisely to dominate that area and eliminate its commercial adversaries and claimed that the United States must play an “essential” role in making the Chinese communist regime understand that this path is extremely harmful and dangerous for the entire world.
“We can do it…It just takes presidential leadership, good communication and the ability to resolve,” he said.
The hotly contested trade route runs through the Strait of Malacca, and according to the trade magazine China Power, a hypothetical blockade in the strait, for whatever reason, could create absolute chaos in the global supply chain, starting with the interregional trade routes and multinational production centers geographically linked to the South China Sea.
It is worth noting that China is the world’s largest importer of oil and that 80% of these imports pass right through the strait, which in turn is the essential condition for the powerful communist industry.
Many U.S. experts and politicians have noted that the current crisis in the U.S. supply chain is rooted in the enormous dependence on the Asian country and should be seen as a wake-up call to generate future changes towards greater commercial independence.
According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, China was the country’s largest supplier of imports, 18.1% in 2019, with major categories including products from the electronics, textile, and toy industries, among others.
The increase in imports was exponential since 2001 when President Bill Clinton promoted China as a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO).
The problem would not be so serious if only the United States were in this position. Still, the reality shows that practically all countries globally have considerably increased their Chinese imports, and many countries have completely abandoned historical local industries to replace them with Chinese products.
The consequence is an increasingly notorious dependence on the Chinese communist regime and its industrial power—based practically on labor exploitation, poverty of its people, and repression by the state.