US warns Beijing’s Arctic activity risks creating ‘new South China Sea’

US secretary of state chides Chinas aggressive behaviour and also accuses Russia of provocative actions The US plans to beef up its Arctic presence to keep Russias and Chinas aggressive behaviour in check in the resource-rich region, the secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, has warned The region has become an arena of global power and competition owing to vast reserves of oil, gas, minerals and fish stocks, Pompeo said in a speech in northern Finland. Just because the Arctic is a place of wilderness does not mean it should become a place of lawlessness, he said. Speaking on the eve of a meeting of the eight members of the Arctic Council, Pompeo took on Beijing and Moscow. Chinas pattern of …

Mike Pompeo: a bully boy calls at No 10

The visit of the hawkish US secretary of state poses problems for Theresa May and Jeremy Hunt American secretaries of state can be earnestly dull, like George Marshall; they can be Machiavellian, like Hillary Clinton. pressure tactics in Venezuela showed, the former army officer, Christian evangelical and ex-CIA director favours a muscular approach to diplomacy. His messianic drive to force regime change in Iran is another example. He recently suggested Donald Trump had been Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and the Saudis war in Yemen. Next month, he will help unveil peace plan that could destroy any lingering Palestinian hopes of an independent state. But he makes no apologies. Ill put it bluntly, he declared. America is a force for good in …