U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo referred to the recent claim of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) against Bhutan and said that in view of the multiple aggressions by the CCP, its neighbors “do not know whether it will respect their sovereignty.”
“From the mountain ranges of the Himalayas to the waters of Vietnam’s Exclusive Zone to the Senkaku Islands, and beyond, Beijing has a pattern of instigating territorial disputes. The world shouldn’t allow this bullying to take place, nor should it permit it to continue.” Pompeo told the media on July 8.
Pompeo also alluded to the armed confrontation that took place between the Chinese Communist Party and India and described how the CCP’s military took incredibly aggressive measures, and that this scenario was only part of a larger context.
He also stated that the United States takes the issue very seriously and that appropriate responses are being prepared jointly with other countries, which have already been communicated to the CCP.
“When I say “we,” it’s not just the United States. We will start very shortly a dialogue with our EU friends on how we collectively can respond to this challenge from the Chinese Communist Party,” Pompeo announced.
In addition to the numerous marine and territorial conflicts with which the CCP is trying to intimidate and dispossess other countries, Pompeo considers its controversial handling of the CCP Virus outbreak a clear indication of its intentions.
” I think what’s happened with the spread of this virus from Wuhan, China—I think the world has seen the true colors of the Chinese Communist Party,” and that this is not good, added Pompeo.
“It is not good for free peoples and democracy-loving peoples, and the world will come together to respond to that in a way that is powerful and important and will preserve sovereign nations operating under the rule of law in the way that we have all come accustomed to and benefits people all across the world,” Pompeo further emphasized.
The United States accused the CCP of advancing its attempt to reclaim the entire area of the South China Sea, contrary to the aspirations of countries such as Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Vietnam that also claim parts of the area.
In response, the U.S. Navy announced that aircraft carriers the USS Nimitz and USS Ronald Reagan are conducting exercises in the region to “support a free and open Indo-Pacific,” according to a Daily Mail article.