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Pompeo backs Britain, seeks coalition against China’s ‘bullying’

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday backed Britain's tougher stance on China, urging the international community to build a coalition against Beijing's "bullying."

London, 21 July 2020 (dpa/MIA) – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday backed Britain’s tougher stance on China, urging the international community to build a coalition against Beijing’s “bullying.”

Pompeo praised Britain’s “principled response” to China’s imposition of a new national security law on Hong Kong, after Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab announced measures including the suspension of Britain’s extradition treaty with the territory.

The world had seen “Hong Kong’s freedoms crushed” and China “bully its neighbours,” Pompeo told reporters following talks in London with Raab and Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

“You can’t go make claims for maritime regions that you have no lawful claim to. You can’t threaten countries and bully them in the Himalayas,” Pompeo said, referring to recent friction between China and South-east Asian nations and separately with India.

“You can’t engage in cover-ups and co-opt international institutions like the World Health Organization,” he added.

“We want every country to work together to push back against the Chinese Communist Party’s efforts in every dimension,” Pompeo said.

“We hope we can build a coalition to collectively show the CCP it’s not in their best interests to engage in this kind of behaviour.”

Raab said the two sides discussed 5G networks and “crucially how we can diversify our supply chains,” amid security fears over Chinese telecoms giant Huawei.

Downing Street said Pompeo, Raab and Johnson stressed the importance of cooperation on 5G and other new technology among the “Five Eyes” intelligence sharing nations: the United States, Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

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