Hong Kong Is the First Test for the Bold New Trump-Pompeo China Policy

◎ Pompeo called on free nations to join the United States—and the Chinese people—in changing the behavior of the ruling communist regime.


In his recent speech at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo effectively declared a new cold war with Communist China, which has been waging one against the West unchallenged for decades.

Pompeo called on free nations to join the United States— and the Chinese people — in changing the behavior of the ruling communist regime, or, failing that, in changing the regime itself.

His language invoked the original Cold War struggle against communist tyranny in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. A similar campaign of internal and external pressure against China would be more complex and daunting now, because of the entwining of investments, trade and technology flow.

First published in The Hill.

Joseph Bosco served as China country director for the Secretary of Defense from 2005 to 2006 and as Asia-Pacific director of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief from 2009 to 2010. He is a nonresident fellow at the Institute for Corean-American Studies and the Institute for Taiwan-American Studies, and has held nonresident appointments in the Asia-Pacific program at the Atlantic Council and the Southeast Asia program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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