U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said National Review Institute's 2019 Ideas Summit that however there is an important relationship between the United States and China and his country has huge economic interests there, but the security threats are very real, ONA reports.
"They’re moving into the South China Sea is not because they want freedom of navigation. Their efforts to build ports around the world aren’t because they want to be good shipbuilders and stewards of waterways, but rather they have a state national security element to each and every one of them," he said.
Commenting on the Belt and Road Initiative, Mike Pompeo said that it is no different. "We’ve said this every place we’ve gone, we are happy to compete on a fair, transparent basis under rule of law with the Chinese anywhere in the world. We’ll win more than our fair share, but we’ll lose some to them too. But when you’re showing up with a non-economic offer, whether that’s through state-facilitated, below-market pricing or handing someone something knowing that you can foreclose on their nation shortly, so predatory lending practices, that’s not straight and we are working diligently to make sure everyone in the world understands that threat."
U.S. Secretary State added that the countries in Asia and Southeast Asia are getting more cautious on "risks".
" I hope the State Department can continue to be a part of making sure that they see that, identify it, and that it becomes more difficult for the Chinese to engage in these practices," he said