Secy of State Pompeo: Chinese communist gov’t is a predator

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, speaks during a naturalization ceremony co-hosted by U.S. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, Pool)

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UPDATED 1:30 PM PT – Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has continued to condemn China on his latest stop in Sri Lanka.

During a news conference in Colombo on Wednesday, Pompeo slammed China’s communist government as a “predator.” He also assured the U.S. is a friend to the South Asian nation and will not tolerate China’s lawlessness.

Pompeo also touted the U.S. partnership with the nation and stated that a strong sovereign Sri Lanka is indeed a powerful strategic partner for the U.S. on the world stage.

“It can be a beacon for a free and open Indo-Pacific,” Pompeo noted. “That is quite a contrast to what China seeks. We see from bad deals, violations of sovereignty and lawlessness in the land and sea that the Chinese Communist Party is a predator. And the United States comes in a different way. We come as a friend and as a partner.”

China has since criticized the United States’ support for Sri Lanka. This came as several nations have speculated that China is luring Sri Lanka into a debt trap.

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