U.S. Secretary of state Mike Pompeo used his trip to London on Tuesday (July 21) to urge other countries to follow Britain’s example and push back against China.
Pompeo met first with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, before holding a news conference with Foreign secretary Dominic Raab.
“Rather than helping the world, General Secretary Xi (Jinping, Chinese President) has shown the world the party's true face.
We talked about how we've seen Hong Kong's freedoms crushed, we've watched the CCP bully its neighbours, militarise features in the South China Sea and instigate a deadly confrontation with India." He didn’t stop there and went on to label China’s handling of the current global health crisis “disgraceful”, accusing the country of a cover-up to further its own interests.
"We think that the entire world needs to work together to ensure that every country, including China, behaves in the international system in ways that are appropriate, consistent with the international order.
You can't go make claims for maritime regions that you have no lawful claim to." Pompeo directory referred to the ruling Chinese Communist Party as a threat and praised the UK for deciding to drop Chinese telecoms firm Huawei from its 5G network.
For his part, Raab said the United States and other allies needed to stand up for their values on the international stage amid ratcheting tensions with both China and Russia.
Also covered in the wide-ranging news conference was the possibility of a US-UK free trade deal post-Brexit.
Pompeo said there was still work to do, but he was hopeful it could be done.
The US intelligence community has not yet been able to tap into all sources of information on the origins of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. However, CNN reports intelligence officials say officials in Wuhan, China, kept the top brass in Beijing none the wiser for weeks. US intelligence reports say that when the Chinese Communist Party learned about the virus, it tried to keep most of that knowledge from the rest of the world.
Members of the Indian, Vietnamese and the Tibetan communities held a protest outside the Capitol Hill in Washington against China. The protesters were holding anti-China posters, urging people to boycott Chinese products. They shouted slogans against China's expansionist policies against their neighbours. Posters urging China to vacate Akshai Chin and Kashmir were also seen during the protest. Since the Galwan standoff between India and China, anti-China protests have broken out in several cities in the United States. 'China is aggressively trying to steal the land from India in Ladakh, Arunachal Pradesh. They are intimidating Bhutan. They have also claimed that the Tajikistan mountains belong to them. Vietnam, Malaysia, Japan, Russia are also victims of China's expansionist policies', said a protester Adapa Prasad. Members of Vietnamese community also lashed out against the Communist government of China and said that their fight is against the CCP and not the people of China. China's expansionist policy has been slammed by countries across the world. China also faced flak for the Galwan faceoff where 20 India jawans were killed. Watch the full video for all the details.
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Jimmy Lai, a media tycoon and critic of the Chinese Communist Party, was arrested on August 10 on charges of "collusion with a foreign country". Apple Daily, a fiercely pro-democracy newspaper that regularly takes on the Hong Kong government and the Chinese leadership. He is denounced by Chinese officials, pro-Beijing news outlets in Hong Kong, and China's state-run news media. According to Apple Daily, 72-year-old Lai was being investigated on charges of partnering with a foreign country. Besides Lai, his two sons have also been arrested on charges of violating company business code. The authorities are probing Lai's private investments as well. The draconian law is aimed at crushing dissent in the erstwhile British colony which saw massive pro-democracy protests last year. The legislation came into effect on July 1, 2020.
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