WASHINGTON: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that the US is reviewing its global deployment of forces to ensure it is postured appropriately to counter the increasing threat posed by China to Asian countries like India, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines.
This comes after the India-China face-off in Galwan Valley in which 20 Indian Army soldiers were martyred.
Besides, Mike Pompeo also said that the country is imposing visa restrictions on Chinese Communist Party officials responsible for “undermining Hong Kong’s autonomy and human rights”.
The move comes ahead of the Chinese parliament’s meeting on the national security legislation for Hong Kong. China urged the US to “withdraw the decisions and stop interfering” in its domestic affairs.
#HongKong is part of #China. Hong Kong affairs are China’s domestic affairs that allow no external interference. China will continue to take strong measures to uphold national sovereignty, security and development interests. https://t.co/hxJdQklSsQ pic.twitter.com/fApmCXJgCL— Chinese Embassy in US (@ChineseEmbinUS) June 26, 2020
Meanwhile, the US now has at least 2,467,837 coronavirus cases and 125,039 related deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
The country has seen its case and death figures spike dramatically this week, leading to a halt in reopening plans and reinstated restrictions in some states.