Pompeo not serious at Senate Committee about China being ‘the central threat of our times”. By Hem Raj Jain


This refers to the July, 30 appearance of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo before US Senate Foreign Relations Committee (https://www.state.gov/secretary-michael-r-pompeo-before-the-senate-foreign-relations-committee-on-the-fiscal-year-2021-state-department-budget-request/ ) where he termed China as ‘the central threat of our times’ and enumerated various measure which the Trump - administration has taken to frustrate the attempts of China to harm the emerging liberal secular democratic global order, but Pompeo is utterly unconvincing, as explained below:-

(1)- Few days back on July 23, at ‘The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum’ at California Pompeo said that  - “[So we can’t face this challenge (from China) alone. The United Nations, NATO, the G7 countries, the G20, our combined economic, diplomatic, and military power is surely enough to meet this challenge if we direct it clearly and with great courage. Maybe it’s time for a new grouping of like-minded nations, a new alliance of democracies]”. But US State Department under the watch of Pompeo is not doing anything to promote this “Alliance of Democracies” : -

(i)- Despite the huge suffering of the entire mankind due to Corona-pandemic caused due to a virus which, as per Trump-administration, was made in laboratory of China and China did not do enough (as per international laws) to stop the spread of this virus / pandemic from China to rest of the world. The USA has not even moved the UN to launch an investigation into Corona -pandemic matters.  

(ii)- Despite China having already bailed out (including by purchasing huge oil from them) Russia and Iran (the two countries Pompeo mentioned in this July 30 submission to the Senate) from the sanctions imposed against them by the USA etc   [Russia due its role in militarily snatching Crimea from Ukraine. And Russia & Iran in promoting regimes which are causing huge loss of lives and bloodshed in NAME region through militant-Jihadi-activities]

(2)- This is evident from the fact that Pompeo has not even declared so far that (i)- What will be the criteria like secularism, democracy, pro-human-rights and rule-of-law (national & international) which will entitle the countries to become the member of this  “Alliance of Democracies” (ii)- Whether this “Alliance of Democracies” will be another debating club like UN or will have teeth to enforce its resolutions and decrees (iii)- Whether this “Alliance of Democracies” will also have absurd provision of veto by some members or will give voting rights to all the members commensurate with their contribution of men (including martial) money and material (including military) and their record about human rights.

(3)- What can be a more glaring proof of Pompeo’s lack of seriousness about the assertions he made at this Senate Committee than his statement about Quad when Pompeo said - “[And our Quad – the United States, Australia, India, and Japan – has been reinvigorated]”. It seems the Embassy & many Consulates of the USA in India have not properly briefed the State Department that China has already punctured the balloon of Quad by militarily taking Indian territory and China is refusing to restore the status-quo-ante of April 2020 in Eastern Ladakh (despite many army commanders, diplomatic and political talks between militarily & economically weak India and militarily & economically powerful China). Hence India (the main pillar of Quad from the region) is losing its reputation and influence globally and especially in its region which will frustrate all the policies of the USA to keep China at its proper place specially in Pacific (through Quad and otherwise).

(4)- The lack of seriousness about said “Alliance of Democracies” is also evident from the fact that Pompeo is not trying to understand that (ii)- China has made alliance of nuclear and nuke-potent countries namely Pakistan (due to Kashmir) , North Korea and Iran against secular democratic world which is represented by India in the region  (ii)- India has made this task of China easy by abandoning rule-of-law and secularism (though India is still constitutionally secular, but only on paper) 

(5)- To be fair to Pompeo there have been following three very serious political problems with the USA for decades:-

(i)-  The USA has become lax about rule-of-law which is evident from millions of illegal immigrants roaming freely in the USA (harming law & order and legitimate employment in the USA) without being identified and tracked

(ii)- Though Pompeo referred to Founding Fathers when he said “[On authoritarian threats, we have evaluated the world with the same realism that the American founders did]” but forgot that Founding Fathers had to ask Americans to give lives and blood therefore Founding Father George Washington led the army of Americans for Independence and another Founding Father Benjamin Franklin went to France for ensuring military support for War of Independence of the USA as a  result in 1781 the French troops joined the US troops and British army under Cornwallis surrendered at the battle of Chesapeake. The Founding Fathers knew that lives and blood have to be given to combat the authoritarian threats even from the UK (a country much more human rights friendly than China) which was the native country of the mostly-unsung Spiritual Founding Father of the USA, Thomas Paine. But now the USA is not prepared to give even little lives & blood [because these will be mainly given by India (and even by SAARC) as she is desperate to retrieve its territory from China in Eastern Ladakh]. Therefore in a situation (where the West led by the USA during the last few decades has allowed the cancerous growth all across the world of Chinese economic power) if Pompeo thinks that the world can be got rid of the authoritarian regime of China without giving lives & blood then he is hoping against hope.

(iii)- The USA is not realizing that military power depends on GDP (Gross Domestic Product) and not on PCI (Per Capita Income). But on the contrary the USA is trying to preserve its martial supremacy merely with about 330 million people supporting its military power.

(6)- Pompeo has failed to understand that the partition of India is the biggest political fraud of the history where presently about 160 million people are descendants of Hindus & Muslims who were subjected to illegal population transfer which resulted in communally poisoning the Indian subcontinent and China is taking advantage of it (mainly through Pakistan and now through Bangladesh too after Citizen Amendment Act of India along with National Citizen Register). This also facilitated communal Hindutva forces to demolish rule-of law in India through demolition of Babri Masjid.  Hence Pompeo should  take a holistic approach to face the authoritarian challenge from China and should ensure the following in three stages (with military action in each of the three) if he really wants to defeat the authoritarian regime of China

(7)- In first stage the USA should ask India to work for :- (i)- Dual citizenship for (presently about 160 million) displaced during partition in cooperation with Pakistan & Bangladesh  (ii)- Restoration of status-quo-ante of Babri Masjid as mentioned at http://www.pakistanchristianpost.com/regional-news-details/1295

(iii)- Plebiscite in united J&K in presence of international media by bringing  PoK under its administrative control as per Instrument of Accession (iv)-Retrieving Indian territory of Eastern Ladakh with US-boots on ground by reimbursing all the military expenses of the USA which India can easily do by recovering Rs ~ 1,000 Trillion (45 % of over 2,200 Lakh Crore) income tax from about 1 million tax evaders (as mentioned at https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/Prominent-people-hiding-taxable-income-Jaitley/articleshow/51408323.cms ) (v)- Unifying India (present day India, Pakistan,  Bangladesh)

(8)- In second stage (i)- The USA should help unified- India in realizing extended SAARC (with unified-J&K as 9th country, Myanmar (old India under Britishers and having Rohingya problem with Bangladesh) as 10th country (ii)- Help extended SAARC to work militarily for independent Tibet [also by giving effect to (or otherwise) legislation (H.R. 6948 introduced by Congressman Scott Perry , on May 19 ) to the US House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs , to recognize the Tibet Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China as a separate, independent country] which will become 11th country of SAARC (iii)- Ask extended SAARC to reimburse to the USA the financial burden of militarily helping extended SAARC in achieving independence of Tibet

(9)- In third Stage (i)- The USA can help militarily the Pacific & other countries including Hong Kong, Taiwan,  Xinjiang against China (who want free navigation routes or want to solve their territorial disputes or human rights issues with China) (ii)- The financial expenses for this can be born by said world body the “Alliance of Democracies” [This “Alliance of Democracies” is necessary otherwise the USA will be rendered to a level of  a ‘Mercenary Country’ supplying military on payment to any country].

Therefore, if Secretary Pompeo is really serious about defeating the authoritarian regime of China (which as per him has become ‘the central threat of our times’) then he should ensure that the USA carries-out above mentioned three stages in order to get the results on ground.

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