China, Uncomfortable Stopover for Mike Pompeo

By Yolaidy Martinez Ruiz Beijing, Oct 9 (Prensa Latina) To arrive in China, still with encouraging news from the regional picture, meant an uncomfortable situation for U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, due to the stubbornness of his Government to exacerbate tensions without considering consequences.

Beijing was the end of a marathonic tour of Asia, where the diplomat asked for more support of allies Japan and South Korea and also coordinated with leader of the People's Democratic Republic of Korea (PDRK), Kim Jong-un, to advance toward denuclearization and prepare for another summit with Donald Trump.

He only stayed in Beijing for five hours, but it was enough to check in person the reactions caused by the unending hostility of the present Republican administration of the United States.

In a first round, Pompeo met the press with the firm rejection from minister of Foreign Relations, Wang Yi, to the continuous critiques and accusations of Washington to China's internal and external policies.

The Foreign Minister demanded the White House end immediately that counterproductive conduct, as they are unfounded criticisms which represent a direct blow on mutual confidence, darkening bilateral links and worsening frictions.

On the delicate issue of Taiwan, specifically, he said to be unsatisfied with the treatment given and emphasized U.S. actions damage the rights of China on the island, an inalienable part of its territory.

'The United States should work with China to advance in the road to cooperation of shared profits instead of centering in the mistaken focus on confrontation', asserted Wang Yi, who advocated for closer communication as permanent members of the U.N. Security Council.

For his part, Pompeo limited himself to mention the 'worries' of his country on some actions by China and said he would be interested in analyzing them due to the importance of the links between both powers.

Another trying meeting for the head of U.S. diplomacy was that held with Yang Jiechi, member of the Politbureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, who demanded the White House adequately manage the differences, show mutual respect and stop affecting the interests of the Asian giant.

In the opinion of China's high official, bi-national links reached a critical level and face great challenges which require once and for all finding a middle ground and the consensus necessary to normalize them.

Yang insisted on Beijing's determination to take all possible measures to protect its sovereignty and interests, but also expand cooperation of mutual benefit with the first economy of the world.

Pompeo admitted the stagnation of confrontation, he expressed hope to untangle it and lamented the cancellation of a bilateral dialogue scheduled for this month that would be an opportunity for new negotiations.

But expectations of an arrangement in a short term are few because tomorrow, the Executive Commission on China of the U.S. Congress will emit a report that, if the conflictive situation persists, it would sow discord even more between both powers.

Apart from embarrassing Pompeo, the crash Washington-Beijing already damages global economy with a fall in growth forecasts.

In fact, the International Monetary Fund sees a contraction of 0.8 percent in the Gross Domestic Product if the duel persists, mainly in the area of trade.