On his visit to Japan, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday, Oct. 6,  sharply criticized the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) at a meeting with the U.S.’s allies—Australia, India, and Japan. The meeting was aimed at strengthening relations of a united and organized front against the CCP.

In his first visit to Asia in more than a year, Pompeo requested the maximum collaboration of his allies against the growing regional influence of the CCP, Reuters reported. The development of a united front in the Asian region is advancing, albeit cautiously.

Although the U.S.’s main allies have always shown themselves willing to cooperate with the Trump administration, the reality is that their economic dependence on the CCP does not allow them to advance at the speed they would like. 

According to information detailed by Reuters, China was the main destination of Australian exports in 2019, the second destination of Japanese exports and the third destination of Indian exports.

“As partners in this Quad, it is now more critical than ever that we work together to protect our people and partners from CCP exploitation, corruption, and coercion. We see it in the South and East China seas, the Mekong, the Himalayas, the Taiwan Strait.” Pompeo said, referring to the ruling party in China.

Pompeo used the meeting to express once again the Trump administration’s dissatisfaction with how the Chinese Communist Party handled the CCP virus, and to remind those present that the global economic crisis caused by the pandemic that originated from the CCP Virus would not be such if the CCP had handled it properly. 

As reported by the Japanese media, Japan Times, Pompeo also met with the newly elected Prime Minister, Yoshihide Suga. “Prime Minister Suga was a powerful force for good for this relationship, too, when he was chief Cabinet secretary,” Pompeo said. “The United States has every reason to believe he will strengthen our enduring alliance in his new role.”

Prior to the talks with Suga, Pompeo met with Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Toshimitsu Motegi, and the two agreed to cooperate on the development of the Indo-Pacific Free Trade. At the beginning of the meeting, Motegi reportedly expressed his sympathy and support for U.S. President Donald Trump. He assured Pompeo that the ties between Tokyo and Washington are “a cornerstone of peace and stability in the region” that will be carried out through the Suga administration.

Following the meeting with Pompeo, Motegi also alluded to the possibility of working more closely with Japan’s neighbors to address challenges such as the international regulation of data flows and resolving tensions in the East and South China seas.

“In order to resolve these tensions, multilateral dialogue is very important. So what Japan is proposing is a Free and Open Indo-Pacific—that is freedom, democracy, rule of law, and freedom of navigation,” Motegi said. “Nations that share those common values can participate in this vision.”

Meanwhile, Japan is concerned about the CCP’s claim to the Japanese-controlled Senkaku Islands, called Diaoyu in China, in the East China Sea. Japan also views the CCP’s growing military activity as a security threat. 

It is understood that Pompeo’s visit takes for granted President Trump’s victory in the upcoming elections. And after meetings with Asian leaders he was able to strengthen his relations and the support of the CCP’s closest territorial allies.

Considering the intentions to deepen during the next four years the policies of the Trump administration with respect to limiting the CCP’s abuses in the region and the world, it is strategic to strengthen the alliance between the United States and the most influential countries in the Asian region.