US. Secretary State Mike Pompeo Press Briefing criticizing China's role in spreading Corona Pandemic U.S. Secretary State Mike Pompeo Press Briefing criticizing China's role in spreading Coronavirus Pandemic - Courtesy: U.S. Department of State Subscribe
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo criticizing China over the coronavirus
In the midst of the Covid-19 epidemic the US, Trump and his administration has China clearly within its crosshairs.
While people in the US are focused, pre-occupied, distracted (take your pick) over the virus and how it impacts them, Trump and his minions have been hammering China for initiating the pandemic and how it got started.
The latest has the Senate weighing in with a bill requiring the president to notify Congress within 60 days that China "provided a full and complete accounting" to any US investigation into the origins of the coronavirus outbreak. The legislation also calls for "wet markets" to be closed and Hong Kong protesters released.
As we know even before the virus became widespread Trump had initiated a trade war with China beginning in 2018 with Chinese telecom giant Huawei being in the center of it. But China bashing has occurred on other fronts less publicized yet more worrisome.
Here in no particular order are a few issues:
US provocations in the South China Sea a ploy depicted as "Freedom of navigation" by US Navy ships have intensified coming close to the shoals of artificial islands erected by China. They were built as defensive military measures to protect the mainland. Similar US naval provocations occur in the Taiwan Strait.
The Pentagon's 2018 Nuclear Posture Review includes China as nuclear threat to US.
Accusing China of building nuclear weapons that don't fall under nuclear treaty restrictions (which ironically the US keeps abandoning).
The US decision to place so called "tactical" nuclear weapons aboard its nuclear submarines.
The US putting Tomahawk" cruise missiles on its naval warships.
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