Pompeo: Global and White House Will Continue to Decouple from Communist China

Former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the National Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Hyatt Regency in Orlando, Fla. on Feb. 27, 2021. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Saturday (Feb. 27) that the Communist Party leadership will see the “no contact” policy started by Trump continue globally and in the White House.

There is no question that there will be a disengagement (from the Chinese Communist Party),” Pompeo told the Epoch Times American Thought Leadership Program at the National Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Fla. Some call it ‘decoupling,’ and it’s almost certainly going to happen.”

Pompeo said the long-standing strategic approach to engagement with the Chinese (Communist) regime, established by former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger during the Richard Nixon era, has failed. He believes that countries, including the United States, will move to abandon this approach to engagement.

“They [the incumbents] will do things differently.” Pompeo said, “For more than 40 years, both Democrats and Republicans have had the idea that by engaging with China (the Chinese Communist Party), things will get better. But we’ve seen that the Chinese Communist Party has taken advantage of that and trashed American jobs and undermined many of the matters that we care deeply about in America.”

In a speech on the 27th, the top diplomat of the Trump era praised Trump’s “America First” foreign policy achievements, including: maximum pressure on Iran; moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem; easing tensions with North Korea; and the historic Abraham Accords, which provided peace in the Middle East. Abraham Accords) to provide a new path to peace in the Middle East.

Pompeo said the Trump Administration has succeeded in a range of foreign policy areas that others thought were impossible.

“We were told you can’t move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem: ‘There will be a war.’ We did that, and there was no war.” He told the audience.

Trump’s approach to the Chinese Communist Party during his four years in the White House has been a wake-up call for the West. While it is unclear whether the Biden administration and other Western nations will follow Trump’s lead entirely, many are expected to adopt it in part.

Biden said earlier this month that China (the Chinese Communist Party) is America’s “most serious competitor (adversary)” and that the U.S. will push back against the Chinese Communist Party on intellectual property rights and human rights, while not ruling out working with Beijing when it is in America’s interest to do so.

“We will confront China’s (CCP) economic ills, oppose its aggressive coercive actions, and push back against China’s (CCP) attacks on human rights, intellectual property and global governance.” Biden said, “But we are also prepared to work with Beijing when it is in the interest of the United States to do so.”