Trump Shap­ing New Lib­eral Or­der To Block Rus­sia, China, Iran

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BRUS­SELS (Reuters) - U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s top diplo­mat promised on Tues­day a new demo­cratic world or­der in which Wash­ing­ton will strengthen or jet­ti­son in­ter­na­tional agree­ments as it sees fit to stop “bad ac­tors” such as Rus­sia, China and Iran from gain­ing.

In a twist on Trump’s “Amer­ica First” pol­icy, U.S. Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo said Trump was not aban­don­ing its global lead­er­ship but in­stead re­shap­ing the post-World War Two sys­tem on the ba­sis of sov­er­eign states, not mul­ti­lat­eral in­sti­tu­tions.

“In the finest tra­di­tions of our great democ­racy, we are ral­ly­ing the noble na­tions to build a new lib­eral or­der that prevents war and achieves greater pros­per­ity,” Pom­peo told diplo­mats and of­fi­cials in a for­eign pol­icy speech.

“We are act­ing to pre­serve, pro­tect, and ad­vance an open, just, trans­par­ent and free world of sov­er­eign states,” Pom­peo said, adding that China’s abil­ity to ben­e­fit from the cur­rent U.S.-led sys­tem of trade and other agree­ments was an ex­am­ple of “the poi­soned fruit of Amer­i­can re­treat.”

Speak­ing in Bei­jing, Chi­nese For­eign Min­istry spokesman Geng Shuang said Pom­peo’s state­ments “did not ac­cord with the spirit” of the meet­ing just days ear­lier be­tween Trump and Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping at the G20 sum­mit in Ar­gentina.

“I don’t know for what pur­pose some­one would ap­plaud then and now say some­thing like this,” Geng said, re­fer­ring to me­dia re­ports that ap­plause broke out after Xi and Trump agreed to a trade war cease­fire at their meet­ing in Ar­gentina.

Geng said that while the United States “flies the flag of Amer­ica First, and wields the ba­ton of pro­tec­tion­ism and uni­lat­er­al­ism”, China was an im­por­tant con­trib­u­tor to mul­ti­lat­er­al­ism, the in­ter­na­tional rules-based or­der and global eco­nomic devel­op­ment.

Pom­peo, a former Army of­fi­cer who is re­garded as a Trump loy­al­ist with hawk­ish world views, said Trump was also push­ing both the World Bank and the In­ter­na­tional Mon­e­tary Fund to stop fund­ing coun­tries such as China, say­ing they al­ready had ac­cess to fi­nan­cial mar­kets to raise cap­i­tal.

Pom­peo’s ad­dress, which was met with po­lite ap­plause, re­jected con­cerns among many tra­di­tional U.S. al­lies that Trump is un­der­min­ing the West by with­draw­ing from cli­mate, free-trade and arms con­trol ac­cords.

Pom­peo said Trump was re­form­ing the lib­eral or­der, not de­stroy­ing it. He cited Bri­tain’s de­ci­sion to quit the Euro­pean Union as a sign supra­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tions were not work­ing.

He also took aim at “bu­reau­crats” re­spon­si­ble for up­hold­ing mul­ti­lat­er­al­ism “as an end in it­self” and cast doubt on the EU’s com­mit­ment to its ci­ti­zens.

That drew a rare re­buke from the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion, the bloc’s ex­ec­u­tive.

Asked to re­ply to the Sec­re­tary of State’s re­marks, its chief spokesman of­fered an ex­pla­na­tion of how the EU ex­ec­u­tive is sub­ject to con­trol by ci­ti­zens via the di­rectly elected Euro­pean Par­lia­ment and by the gov­ern­ments of the mem­ber states.

“So for those peo­ple who come to Brus­sels and coin an opin­ion with­out know­ing how our sys­tem works, that’s how our sys­tem works. And that’s our re­ply,” Mar­gari­tis Schi­nas said.

Pom­peo’s speech marks the lat­est at­tempt by a Trump of­fi­cial to place the pres­i­dent’s de­ci­sions into a co­her­ent pol­icy plan, after vis­its to Brus­sels by his vice pres­i­dent and other se­nior U.S. of­fi­cials.

Euro­pean lead­ers are trou­bled by Trump’s rhetoric and say that his de­ci­sion to pull out of the Paris cli­mate change ac­cord and the 2015 Iran nu­clear deal un­der­mine Euro­pean pri­or­i­ties.

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