Pompeo insists China ‘tide is turning’ at US Senate hearing

Pompeo insists China ‘tide is turning’ at US Senate hearing

  • Expresses ‘dismay’ at number of countries supporting Hong Kong law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insisted on
Thursday the “tide is turning” in dealings with China, citing international
support for Washington’s policies even as he expressed “dismay” at the
number of countries supporting Beijing’s new security law for Hong Kong.

Reflecting rising tensions between the world’s two largest economies, Pompeo
stressed President Donald Trump’s tough line on China at a Senate Foreign
Relations Committee hearing in which he repeatedly clashed with lawmakers
over administration policies.

It was Pompeo’s first public testimony before the panel in 15 months.
“Under your watch, the United States has faced setback after setback on the
world stage, ceding leverage and influence to our stated adversaries,” said
Senator Bob Menendez, the committee’s ranking Democrat.

Pompeo said other countries are supporting initiatives like the push not to use
Chinese tech giant Huawei Technologies’ equipment in 5G networks and
stepped-up maritime maneuvers in the South China Sea.