US-China relations: Mike Pompeo’s China adviser has name chiselled off school monument

US-China relations: Mike Pompeo’s China adviser has name chiselled off school monument

  • Miles Yu has been described by the US secretary of state as an adviser on ‘how to ensure we protect Americans and secure our freedoms’ from the Chinese Communist Party
  • Yu says in interview with The Washington Times he grew up during the Cultural Revolution, which gave him a ‘distaste for revolutionary radicalism’

The name of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s key China policy adviser, Miles Yu, appears to have been chiselled out of a monument at a school he attended in southwest China, according to a video shared on social media.

Yu has attracted media attention in China since his interview with The Washington Times last month in which he was described as Pompeo’s “principal China policy and planning adviser”.

In a speech last week, Pompeo called for “a new alliance of democracies” to counter “the Chinese Communist Party’s designs for hegemony”. Beijing accused him of trying to provoke an ideological confrontation and leading the world into a new cold war.

In the video shared on Twitter on Tuesday by Chinese publisher Bao Pu, a person could be seen chiselling out the characters spelling Yu’s Chinese name, Yu Maochun, from a piece of stone. Bao said it was part of a monument celebrating academic achievers at Yongchuan Middle School in Chongqing.

The South China Morning Post called the school on Wednesday but the person who answered immediately hung up when the reporter introduced himself.