With Joe Biden the apparent winner of the US presidential election, and time running out on the Trump administration, hawks in the White House seem determined to keep up the pressure on countries in Washington's crosshairs. On Tuesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US is "not finished yet" when it comes to being tough on China.
Pompeo has been on a crusade against Beijing this year, delivering countless speeches railing against the country's government. Speaking at the Ronald Reagan Institute, Pompeo called the Chinese Communist Party a "Marxist-Leninist monster" whose rule is "authoritarian, brutish and antithetical to human freedom."
The rhetoric against China coming out of the Trump administration has been reminiscent of the Cold War, and Pompeo continued the theme in his remarks on Tuesday. "In the end the people of China, just like the people of the Soviet Union, will ultimately be determinative of the course of history of that country," he said.