(Bloomberg) — Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said the U.S. is “not finished yet” when it comes to getting tough on China, with just over two months left in the Trump administration.
Pompeo used some of his strongest rhetoric to date to describe the Chinese government in a Tuesday speech to the Ronald Reagan Institute detailing the administration’s China policies. He called the Chinese Communist Party a “Marxist-Leninist monster” whose rule is “authoritarian, brutish and antithetical to human freedom.”
In a separate briefing, Pompeo announced that Undersecretary of State Keith Krach would lead the U.S.’s Economic Prosperity Partnership Dialogue with Taiwan on Nov. 20. Krach made a high-profile visit to the island in September.
Taiwanese Vice Economic Minister Chen Chern-chyi will lead a delegation to Washington for the dialogue, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taipei said in a statement on its website. Other Taiwanese officials will join the meeting via video conference.
Zhu Fenglian, a spokeswoman for the Taiwan Affairs Office in Beijing, told a briefing Wednesday that China “firmly opposes any form of official exchanges between the Taiwan region and the United States.”
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