Secretary of State Pompeo on Russia and China trade War

VOICES.NEWS- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said today he expected to meet with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on the sidelin...


VOICES.NEWS- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said today he expected to meet with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on the sidelines of the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations.
 
"I'm sure Sergei and I will have our time together," Pompeo said of plans to meet Lavrov.

 "We are trying to find every place we can where there is common ground, where we can work with the Russians," adding that there were many areas where Moscow was working against the United States and "we will hold them accountable."

Washington is concerned with Russia's plans to supply Syria with a S-300 missile system and has said it would be a "significant escalation" by Moscow in its support for the Syrian government in the civil war.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo vowed that the United States would emerge victorious in an intensifying trade war with China. ― Reuters pic

ON CHINA
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo vowed that the United States would emerge victorious in an intensifying trade war with China, a day before Washington imposes US$200 billion (RM827 billion) worth of tariffs. 
 
“We are going to win it,” Pompeo said in an interview on Fox News broadcast today.

“We’re going to get an outcome which forces China to behave in a way that if you want to be a power — a global power — transparency, rule of law, you don’t steal intellectual property,” he said.

Pompeo said that President Donald Trump “very much likes” his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping but said he would press policies that “the American workers deserve.”

Even before Trump’s election, the United States has complained vigorously that China has been unfair to US businesses and has stolen technology by forcing firms to reveal secrets as a condition to operate in the fast-growing Asian economy.

But Trump has taken an increasingly hard line on trade around the world, with US$200 billion in tariffs on Chinese exports set to take effect tomorrow.

China has retaliated by hitting US$60 billion in US products and the world’s two largest economies have already imposed tariffs of US$50 billion on each other.

In a first, the Trump administration has also punished a unit of China’s defence ministry for buying fighter jets and missiles from Russia in defiance of sanctions on Moscow
(Editor/RTR/AFP)

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