The United States should abandon its previous policy of engagement with China, which had failed. This was stated by U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo on July 23, speaking at the Presidential Library of Richard Nixon in California.
“The previous system of careless interaction with China has collapsed. We can’t continue it, we mustn’t go back to it. Today we must face the harsh truth, <...> if we want freedom in the 21st century, not the Chinese century that [Chinese President] Xi Jinping dreams of,” Pompeo quotes USNews.
According to him, the U.S. needs a strategy that protects the American economy and the lives of its citizens.
At the same time, the secretary of state stressed the need to create a new alliance that would oppose China, as China throws challenges that “the West has never faced before.
“Perhaps it is time to form a new alliance of states similar in their world views – an alliance of democracies. We have the means. Now we need the will,” Pompeo said.
The day before, the US demanded that the Chinese diplomatic mission in the American city of Houston be closed, accusing China of stealing American intellectual property.
In response, China called the incident “an unprecedented escalation” and promised that Beijing would respond accordingly.