Just days after the State Department announced that the U.S. would no longer recognize the South China Sea as Chinese territory, and one day after the president signed an executive order on Tuesday that would hold China accountable for its oppressive actions against the people of Hong Kong - Mike Pompeo unveiled the latest escalation in the ongoing US-Sino sanction tit-for-tat when the Secretary of State said the US will impose Visa restrictions on Chinese corporate executives within companies like Huawei who facilitate human rights violations.
Pompeo - who said Washington continues to have a dialogue with China "on every level " despite rising tensions - added the China Community Party is "putting freedom and democracy at risk" by its "expansionist" and "imperialist" behaviors. And with that, we somehow doubt that Beijing shares Pompeo's cheerful assessment of the ongoing US-Sino dialogue.
Pompeo is expected to head to Europe next week to meet with European leaders and discuss China's treatment of Hong Kong. He will leave Monday and visit top leaders in Britain and Denmark. According to Reuters, Pompeo will also discuss other subjects such as the controversial Nord Stream pipeline which has split Europe into pro and anti-US factions, as the question of who gets Russian oil threatens to spark the next geopolitical crisis.
"Get out now or risk the consequences," Pompeo said in Washington, referring to the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, or Caatsa.