US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday imposed sanctions on three of his main targets — China, Iran and Cuba — in a last-minute push aimed partly at boxing in President-elect Joe Biden.
5 days earlier than he turns in his keys on the State Division, Pompeo vowed to punish China over its clampdown in Hong Kong — a stance backed by Biden — however moved additional away from Biden’s aim of easing tensions with Iran and Cuba.
Pompeo condemned as “appalling” the large operation on January 6 in Hong Kong through which China rounded up 55 folks together with an American lawyer, John Clancey.
“We condemn PRC actions that erode Hong Kong’s freedoms and democratic processes and can proceed to make use of all instruments at our disposable to carry these accountable to account,” Pompeo stated, referring to the Folks’s Republic of China.
President Donald Trump’s outgoing administration slapped sanctions on six folks over the detentions together with Tam Yiu-Chung, Hong Kong’s sole delegate to China’s high lawmaking physique, the Nationwide Folks’s Congress Standing Committee.
It earlier took motion in opposition to Hong Kong’s high chief, Chief Govt Carrie Lam, who acknowledged that in consequence she was now not ready to make use of a bank card or maintain a checking account.
China final yr pushed via a draconian safety legislation in Hong Kong after widespread and generally violent protests that sought to protect freedoms assured to the monetary hub earlier than Britain handed again the territory in 1997.
Strain on Cuba, Iran
Antony Blinken, who will seem for a Senate affirmation listening to Tuesday to be Pompeo’s successor, has vowed that the following administration “will stand with the folks of Hong Kong and in opposition to Beijing’s crackdown on democracy.”
However the Biden administration is predicted to shift course on Cuba and Iran, on which hardline stances have grow to be factors of delight in Trump’s Republican Occasion, which noticed a lift in assist within the essential state of Florida from Cuban-People.
On Friday, the Treasury Division stated it was imposing sanctions on Cuba’s inside minister, Lazaro Alberto Alvarez Casas, days after Pompeo stated he was placing the island again on the US checklist of state sponsors of terrorism.
Pompeo pointed to the arrest in 2019 of Cuban dissident Jose Daniel Ferrer, who was held in a jail run by the inside ministry “the place he reported being crushed, tortured and held in isolation.”
“The Castro regime’s repression of elementary freedoms requires the condemnation and motion of all international locations that respect human dignity,” Pompeo stated, referring to former presidents Fidel and Raul Castro.
Biden has promised to concentrate to human rights in Cuba but additionally to convey again a few of former president Barack Obama’s insurance policies to normalize ties, together with by permitting Cuban-People to go to and ship cash.
Biden can also be wanting to return to a nuclear accord negotiated by Obama with Iran, believing that Trump’s “most strain” coverage that included a sweeping ban on oil gross sales has did not curb Tehran on any entrance.
Pompeo introduced contemporary actions Friday on a Chinese language metal firm and a UAE-based constructing supplies agency for working with Iran Transport Strains, which is already beneath US sanctions.
‘Sorrow, anger and pity’
Cuban Overseas Minister Bruno Rodriguez denounced the sanctions in opposition to his colleague because the work “of a regime that leaves a legacy of isolation and defeat in international coverage.”
The US actions are positive to immediate calls of hypocrisy by China because the roundup in Hong Kong got here the identical day as Trump supporters violently rampaged via the US Capitol in an effort to dam the ceremonial certification of Biden’s victory.
Pompeo condemned the violence however has fiercely defended Trump’s report amid rising hypothesis that he’ll search the presidency himself in 2024.
The previous Kansas congressman was fiercely criticized this week by the editorial web page of the Kansas Metropolis Star which stated his tenure had resulted on the earth seeing the USA “with a combination of sorrow, anger and pity.”
“He has spent the previous few months doing his greatest to wreck the international coverage of the incoming Joe Biden administration,” the editorial stated.
“America can be higher when he leaves workplace. Kansas can be a lot better if he decides to steer clear of his adopted house state without end.”
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