Pom­peo: Trump ‘re­form­ing’, not de­stroy­ing, world or­der

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BRUS­SELS US 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 Mr Trump’s Amer­ica First pol­icy, US Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo said Mr Trump was not aban­don­ing its global lead­er­ship but in­stead re­shap­ing the postWorld War II 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,” Mr Pom­peo said in a speech to diplo­mats and of­fi­cials in Brus­sels.

Mr Pom­peo added that China’s abil­ity to ben­e­fit from the cur­rent US-led sys­tem of trade and agree­ments was an ex­am­ple of“the poi­soned fruit of Amer­i­can re­treat.”

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

Mr 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.

Mr Pom­peo’s ad­dress re­jected con­cerns among US al­lies that Mr Trump is un­der­min­ing the West by with­draw­ing from cli­mate, free-trade and arms con­trol ac­cords.

Mr Pom­peo said such crit­i­cism was “plain wrong”, adding that Mr Trump was re­form­ing the lib­eral or­der, not de­stroy­ing it.

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

Mr Pom­peo said: “Our ad­min­is­tra­tion is ... law­fully ex­it­ing or rene­go­ti­at­ing out­dated or harm­ful treaties, trade agree­ments, and other in­ter­na­tional ar­range­ments that don’t serve our sov­er­eign in­ter­ests, or the in­ter­est of our al­lies”.– REUTERS

PHOTO: REUTERS

US Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo.

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