Pompeo proud Aust stepping up on China

Mike Pompeo wearing a suit and tie smiling and looking at the camera US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo defends the administration as tough on Russia in a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Mike Pompeo wearing a suit and tie smiling and looking at the camera US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo defends the administration as tough on Russia in a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

"After trying to stonewall virtually every oversight effort by the Foreign Affairs Committee in the last two years, Mr. Pompeo is more than happy to help Senate Republicans advance their conspiracy theories about the Bidens", Engel said.

In testimony before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on Thursday, Pompeo committed to continuing to send information to Senate Republicans, according to the statement.

Deteriorating relations with China will be on the agenda, after Washington and Beijing each closed one of the other country's consulates and Pompeo recently announced an end to Hong Kong's special trading status.

We imposed sanctions on Russian over 360 individuals and companies for violation of their human rights, Russia's support for the murderous Assad regime for the use of mercenaries and henchmen all over the world, " said Pompeo. "Claims that they have now made for real estate in Bhutan, the incursion that took place in India, these are indicative of Chinese intentions, and they are testing, they are probing the world to see if we are going to stand up to their threats and their bullying", the top U.S. diplomat said.

The top United States diplomat was pressed repeatedly by both Republican and Democratic senators on China, more than on any other foreign issues, reflecting the urgency felt among American policymakers on the issue.

The secretary of state said China has the desire to expand its power and reach.

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"Our diplomatic efforts are working and momentum is building to mitigate the threats that the Chinese Communist Party presents".

He pointed to 30-plus nations banning China's Huawei from their 5G networks, Canada standing firm against "the Chinese Communist Party's hostage-taking", Belize and Haiti denouncing Beijing's national security law targeting Hong Kong and Sweden closing Confucius Institutes.

The European Union condemned the law too and also declared China a systemic rival to us, he said.

"Our QUAD (Quadrilateral Security Dialogue) - the United States, Australia, India, and Japan - has been reinvigorated". I asked you specifically, have you raised - there are public reports, very well documented - that the Russians were supposedly paying bounties to kill our service members.

As for Russia endorsing the troop cuts, Pompeo said the U.S. could send troops back into Germany any time they wanted, and that Russia would be mad when some of those troops are sent to Poland, even closer to the Russian border. The Department of Justice is cracking down on Chinese IP threats.

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