CHINA / POLITICS
US State Dept scraps overseas trips as world realizes Trump administration's ‘destructive nature’
More dangerous attempts by Pompeo cannot be ruled out: experts
Published: Jan 13, 2021 12:19 PM

US President Donald Trump leaves a news conference on the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC on May 11, 2020. Photo: AFP



The cancellation of all US State Department overseas travel plans was due to the Trump administration being unwelcome, as US politicians and Europe realize its destructive nature, especially that of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, analysts said, adding that Pompeo citing the Biden transition as the reason for the cancellation was only an excuse. 

US Ambassador to the UN Kelly Craft's planned visit to Taiwan island has been cancelled, which means the US called off an attempt to challenge the bottom line of China-US relations, but analysts warned more dangerous and crazy attempts over Taiwan in Pompeo's last week in office cannot be ruled out. 

The US State Department cancelled all planned travel this week, including Pompeo's final trip to Europe.

Pompeo had planned to visit Brussels on Wednesday and Thursday, meeting NATO secretary general and Belgian deputy prime minister, while Craft had been due to visit Taiwan from Wednesday to Friday.

The US State Department said the cancellation of all travel was due to transition efforts with Joe Biden's team.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said Wednesday that China urges the US to stop all official and military contacts with the island of Taiwan and not to go further down the wrong path. He said China will continue to take necessary measures to firmly safeguard its security interests. 

Li Haidong, a professor at the Institute of International Relations of the China Foreign Affairs University, said the Trump administration felt that they are unwelcome everywhere and had overestimated themselves in still believing their allies and American political parties would always back its actions. 

European countries do not want to associate themselves with Trump's team, and they do not recognize Trump's diplomatic policy, Li said.

"In fact, the international community, including Europe and many American politicians want the Trump team to leave office as soon as possible," Li told the Global Times.

Diao Daming, an associate professor at the Renmin University of China, told the Global Times on Wednesday that the cancellation of Pompeo's travel plan was likely due to European leaders declining to meet him.

A Reuters report said Luxembourg's foreign minister and top European Union officials had declined to meet with Pompeo, and a diplomatic source said that US allies were "embarrassed" after the violence in Washington last week.

Li noted that US Democrats and even some Republicans have seen through Pompeo's dangerous path of sacrificing the US' long-term interests for the sake of Taiwan secessionism, and the Trump administration's actions in the last week will result in an increasing restraining effect from US elites and the majority of politicians. 

The current desperate actions of the Trump administration revealed the possibility that it will sacrifice US interests in the Asia-Pacific region and leave a political legacy that will make it as difficult as possible for Biden's foreign and domestic policies to achieve results, Li said, noting that Biden and many American politicians will not accept it. 

"But we cannot rule out the possibility that the Trump administration may come up with more desperate, crazy measures over Taiwan," Li said.


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