China on Tuesday asked US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to stop sowing seeds of discord between Beijing and the countries of the region, affecting the peace and stability of the region. Pompeo is currently visiting India for a high-level dialogue to strengthen overall security ties and strategic cooperation in the Indian Pacific region. Pompeo arrived in India on Monday with Defense Minister Mark T. Esper for the US-India ‘Two Plus Two’ talks. Pompeo is also scheduled to visit Sri Lanka and Maldives after the India tour.
When asked about Pompeo’s visit to India and South Asian countries, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said in a press conference that “Pompeo’s attacks and allegations against China are not new”. Wang said, ” ‘These are baseless accusations that he mentally mentions the Cold War and ideological partisanship. We urge them to leave the Cold War and stop sowing seeds of discord between China and regional countries which affects regional peace and stability. ”
The landmark Basic Exchange and Co-operation Agreement (BECA) treaty was signed between India and the US, which would allow state-of-the-art military technology, confidential satellite data and important information to be exchanged between the two countries. Pompeo said in August that China was a threat to Western countries and in some sense “dangerous” even to the threat posed by the Soviet Union during the Cold War.