Debunking the disinformation in Pompeo's anti-Chinese diatribe
Andrew Korybko

Editor's note: Andrew Korybko is a Moscow-based American political analyst. The article reflects the author's opinions, and not necessarily the views of CGTN.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spewed a lot of disinformation during his anti-Chinese diatribe that he shared last month while speaking at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library. His speech is regarded as the most critical one that any American diplomat ever made. Since he's in the limelight once again after his speech at the Republican National Convention, it's worthwhile returning to his false claims.

According to him, the Communist Party of China (CPC) doesn't represent the Chinese people. Not only is it allegedly oppressing them and, especially, those who live in Hong Kong and Xinjiang, but it's also dangerously destabilizing the rest of the world as it ruthlessly seeks to expand in order to impose its totalitarian, hegemonic intentions upon everyone else. Its modus operandi allegedly includes cheating the rules-based international system by stealing territory, intellectual property, and American jobs.

The purpose in misportraying the CPC in such a way and even comparing it to the erstwhile Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) is to craft the false information warfare perception that it's an unpopular, evil force, which must be contained just like its Soviet predecessor was, and that history is on the so-called "free world's" side so the CPC will inevitably fail. 

Put another way, this is a declaration of hybrid war by the U.S. against China, and in particular against its ruling party which America wants to delegitimize as justification for taking even more aggressive measures against it.

History, however, is actually on the CPC's side, as are the facts. The party is immensely popular in the country, and its unique system of socialism with Chinese characteristics means that it doesn't harbor the global expansionist plans. 

This domestically focused model has done wonders for improving the living conditions of literally hundreds of millions of people, and it's accomplished all of this after playing by the rules of the same international system that the U.S. itself created. Its military policy is also purely defensive.

All of this upsets America since it thought that it could control China by manipulating the so-called "rules-based" international order. This tremendously backfired after the U.S.'s fading unipolar hegemony of the past few decades, which is a natural trend in international relations that all superpowers experience but was accelerated by the country's own disastrous domestic and international decisions, led to its global decline. This in turn created space for China to rise as it stuck by the rules, played fair and square, and beat the U.S. at its own game.

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi (L) meets with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the sidelines of the 52nd Association of Southeast Asian Nations Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, August 1, 2019. /VCG

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi (L) meets with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the sidelines of the 52nd Association of Southeast Asian Nations Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, August 1, 2019. /VCG

In response, the U.S. began systematically dismantling its previously cherished rules-based international order under the Donald Trump administration, which destabilized the world and led to the emergence of a plethora of newfound threats to the international community. 

It did so out of desperation, gambling that it might be able to find an opportunity amid this self-inflicted chaos in order to reshape the resultant world order according to its grand strategic interests. This insight proves that the U.S., not China, is the world's greatest threat.

To be clear, the American people aren't to blame for what their government does in their name. Ironically, its ruling Democrat-Republican duopoly, supported by the "deep state" (the permanent military, intelligence, and diplomatic bureaucracies), is just as out of touch with their people's true needs and unrepresentative of their will as the U.S. falsely claims that the CPC is vis-a-vis the Chinese people. 

American democracy has long ago been hijacked by oligarchic interests and political lobbies, exactly as the Founding Fathers once feared.

All people across the world want peace, stability, and development, and this includes both the American and Chinese people. This dream, however, is endangered by the U.S. duopoly and its "deep state's" obsession with zero-sum outcomes, which risks not only ruining this for everyone else across the world, but also for Americans themselves. 

The fatal flaw of American grand strategy is that it doesn't recognize the existence of win-win outcomes like the CPC does, which could ruin everything for everyone if this doesn't soon change.

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