China announced sanctions against former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo along with several other Trump administration officials even as China’s military website called him “ the worst Secretary of State in U.S. history.”
The sanctioned individuals number 28 who have “seriously violated China's sovereignty and who have been mainly responsible for a series of crazy U.S. moves on China-related issues,” a foreign ministry spokesperson announced on Thursday.
They include Michael R. Pompeo, Peter K. Navarro, Robert C. O'Brien, David R. Stilwell, Matthew Pottinger, Alex M. Azar II, Keith J. Krach, and Kelly D. K. Craft of the Trump administration as well as John R. Bolton and Stephen K. Bannon.
"These individuals and their immediate family members are prohibited from entering the mainland, Hong Kong and Macao of China. They and companies and institutions associated with them are also restricted from doing business with China," the spokesperson said.
“Good-bye and good riddance to Mike Pompeo, the worst Secretary of State in US history,” an article in state-owned news.cctv.com said.
In the last minutes before the handover of power at the White House, there is one person who is still running against time to stir up conflicts and confrontation in a show of his "last-day madness". It is Pompeo, the outgoing US Secretary of State who prides himself on "lying, cheating, and stealing".
In the past ten days and more, Pompeo took an intense series of outrageous moves, from lifting the restrictions on US official engagement with Taiwan to re-designating Cuba as a "state sponsor to terrorism" and to ramping up the already harsh sanctions on Iran.
Pompeo tweeted more than 60 posts in three days, bragging about what he had "accomplished" on his so-called China issue in the past few years, and maliciously attacking the Communist Party of China and China’s policies, displaying unimaginable hysteria, the report said.
“During his nearly 3-year term, Pompeo flamed up hatred and division everywhere and staged one political farce after another in the international community in collusion with other “political arsonists” at Washington, making his country a global laughing stock,” it said.
American diplomacy under Pompeo’s lead has pushed unilateralism to the extreme and made a habit of quitting international organizations and treaties, causing damages to the international order. He has stoked the new Cold War and suppressed and besieged China every chance he could in a futile attempt to curb China’s development. He has torn apart the Iran nuclear deal and is considered the black hand behind the assassination of the senior Iranian commander. He has also continuously intimidated and suppressed European countries and driven them farther away from the US.
With his diplomacy approach riddled with intimidation, lies and sanctions, Pompeo has shown the world Washington’s true color of arrogance, hypocrisy and imperiousness from under the veil of “democracy”, “liberty” and “human rights” that it has been preaching, the report reasoned.