Pompeo Tells US Jewish Group China a Growing Threat to US, Israel

Pompeo says China a threat to Americans 'Way of Life'

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave a speech to the American Jewish Committee (AJC) annual conference, centering on mounting US hostility toward China, and arguing that China and its foreign policy are a mounting challenge to both the US and Israel.

The AJC tends to take positions favorable to Israel, though in general the interests of Israel and China don’t conflict or intersect much. Pompeo played up the idea that China is a threat to the American “way of life” and endangers everyone.

Pompeo had recently visited Israel and pressed them to limit business ties to Chinese companies. This is likely an attempt to further spin China as a grave enemy of Israel, despite no real reason to think that is the case.

While this may or may not work, it also sets out the US course on China relations, with the Trump Administration likely trying to push more nations to disconnect from China increasingly.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.