Mike Pompeo, former US Secretary of State, told Fox News that the US government is making “an enormous strategic mistake” by underestimating the significance of the rapidly expanding Russia-China ties.
“To hear the White House play this down as if it is insignificant or unimportant is an enormous strategic mistake,” he added.
Pompeo warned the US government and stressed that China has been “getting energy at a discounted price” from Russia.
“Think about that. American manufacturing companies are paying full freight for energy today. The Chinese are getting a 15, 20% discount on each barrel of oil, allowing them to continue to dump their products here in America,” he said.
He also claimed that “at least for today, the Chinese Communist Party is providing lethal assistance to Ukraine, almost certainly.” At the same time, Beijing has previously denied the allegation and called such claims “false.”
“Now, the Biden administration has failed. They have allowed the Russians and the Chinese to come together in this way, and it presents an enormous risk to the US and every citizen,” Pompeo concluded.
Pompeo’s remarks came amid Chinese President Xi Jinping’s three-day meeting in Moscow.
China and Russia have greatly boosted their relations in recent years. Russia is becoming China’s leading oil supplier, and China currently accounts for about a third of all Russian exports.
Meanwhile, both parties signed several agreements to expand cooperation in energy and supply chains during Xi’s visit to Moscow.
Furthermore, both countries are ideologically aligned in their opposition to the current American world order. Therefore, China wants to join Moscow in challenging Western dominant values and concepts internationally.