June 02, 2020 12:56
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last Sunday jumped the gun by mentioning Korea as one of the U.S.' "good partners" besides India, Australia and Japan in its cold war against China.
The claim came a day after U.S. President Donald Trump invited Korea, Australia and India to the normally exclusive G7 summit to discuss how to deal with future challenges posed by China.
Washington is stacking the summit with what it considers pliant allies as it battles China on multiple fronts.
Pompeo told Fox News' "Sunday Morning Futures" that Chinese President Xi Jinping "is intent on building out his military capabilities." But the U.S. government "will keep us in a position where we can protect the American people, and indeed we can be good partners with our allies from India, from Australia, from South Korea, from Japan, from Brazil, from Europe, all around the world."
"We can be good partners alongside them and ensure that the next century remains a Western one modeled on the freedoms that we have here in the United States," he claimed.
Pompeo has proved a loyal ally in Trump's re-election campaign and come fully on board with the president's offensive against Beijing. "This is a Chinese Communist Party that has come to view itself as intent upon the destruction of Western ideas, Western democracies, Western values," Pompeo claimed. "It puts Americans at risk."
"The threat from the Chinese Communist Party emanates from the nature of the Chinese Communist Party doctrine and ideology," he added. "And so I think this is something that America is going to have to do along with its Western... democracy-loving partners all across the world."
Washington has already leaned on Korea to participate in its operations in the South China Sea to rein in China there, putting the country in a tight spot between its two main trading partners.
The government here has been trying to stay on the fence and sit out Trump's tenure, but the pressure from Washington is getting more aggressive by the day.
The U.S. has also discussed the deployment of new medium-range missiles with its Asian and European allies since its withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia last August.
Despite the Korean military's denial, there is a rumor that materials that were spirited into the base of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense battery in Seongju, North Gyeongsang Province overnight last week were either a batch of improved THAAD missiles or equipment for additional missile launch pads.
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