Pompeo insists ‘tide is turning’ on China

039;Do Not Agree on Everything': Australia Tells US it Has No Intention of Injuring Important China Ties

The US-EU relationship is built on "our shared values of democratic governance, respect for human rights and rule of law", says Gidwitz, arguing that Washington and Brussels now face many similar challenges, including confronting Russia, China and Iran, as well combating terrorism, developing energy security, countering fake news, and responding to the current Covid-19 pandemic.

The secretary of state testified before the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday about President Donald Trump's 2021 budget request for almost $US41 billion ($A57 billion) to fund the State Department and United States Agency for International Development.

"(The Ministers and Mr Pompeo) affirmed that state-sponsored malicious disinformation and interference in democratic processes are significant and evolving threats, with both countries recently joining a cross-regional statement pledging to combat the "infodemic" that has accompanied the COVID-19 pandemic state-sponsored malicious disinformation and interference in democratic processes are significant and evolving threats", the joint statement said. "Senators, the tide is turning", he said only to immediately admit that Beijing enjoys a lot of support as well.

Increased defence and military co-operation in the Indo-Pacific, Australia's backyard, was also promised with Beijing casting a shadow in the region. "India has banned 106 Chinese apps, including TikTok, that threatened its citizens' privacy and security", he said.

The joint statement declares that Beijing's maritime claims in the South China Sea "are not valid under global law", but Australia appears to have held firm against conducting freedom of navigation exercises within 12 nautical miles of disputed features.

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"Japan led the G7's condemnation of China's national security law targeting Hong Kong. The EU condemned the law, too, and also declared China a "systemic rival" just past year". In a provocative speech likely to worsen the already fraught US-China relations, Pompeo also alluded to Nixon's concern about what he had done by opening the world to China's Communist party in the 1970s, saying that Nixon had been prophetic. "Secretary-General Stoltenberg has called for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to make China a greater part of the alliance's focus", he said.

The two-day gathering in Washington is the 30th version of the Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN), Nikkei Asian Review noted. What have Americans gained from engaging with China over the last 50 years? "Our Department of Justice is cracking down hard on Chinese IP theft", he said.

"We have sanctioned Chinese leaders for their brutality in Xinjiang, imposed export controls on companies that support it, and warned USA businesses against using slave labor in their supply chains", he said.

He also cited US moves to close down a Chinese consulate in Houston, calling it a "den of spies" and the termination of special arrangements for Hong Kong.

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