Pompeo calls for ‘free world’ to triumph over China’s ‘new tyranny’

first_imgIn strident language that recalled the US Cold War with the Soviet Union, Pompeo said Beijing had taken selfish advantage of US and Western generosity as it implemented reforms and joined the global economy in the past four decades.He strongly criticized previous US administrations for being too complacent with China and US companies for being too compliant with whatever Beijing demands of them.And he said Beijing had broken international commitments on Hong Kong’s autonomy, on the South China Sea and on stopping state-backed intellectual property threats. “There can be no return to past practices just because they’re comfortable, or convenient,” he said. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called Thursday on “free nations” to triumph over the threat of what he said was a “new tyranny” from China.”Today China is increasingly authoritarian at home, and more aggressive in its hostility to freedom everywhere else,” Pompeo said in a California speech that laid a stark view of Washington’s rivalry with Beijing.”If the free world doesn’t change Communist China, Communist China will change us,” he said at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda, California. “We can no longer ignore the fundamental political and ideological differences between our countries, just as the CCP has never ignored them,” he said, referring to the Chinese Communist Party.Pompeo said that Washington had ordered China to close its consulate in Houston, Texas this week because it had become a center for espionage and operations to illegally obtain US companies’ trade secrets.”This week we closed down China’s consulate in Houston because it was a hub of spying and IP theft,” he said.”China ripped off our prized intellectual property and trade secrets costing millions of jobs across America.” Topics :last_img read more

Arsenal decide to sign Cedric Soares on permanent transfer

first_imgAdvertisement Arsenal are keen to sign Cedric Soares on a permanent deal (Getty Images)Arsenal are planning to sign Cedric Soares on a permanent deal this summer, according to reports.The right-back joined on loan from Southampton in the January transfer window but has not yet made an appearance for Mikel Arteta’s side.Arsenal paid around £1 million as a loan fee to Southampton but Cedric arrived with a knee ligament injury and was unable to take part in friendly matches against Charlton Athletic and Brentford earlier this month due to a facial injury.The Gunners are now confident that they can reach an agreement with Southampton which will keep Cedric on loan for the remainder of the Premier League season.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAnd according to ESPN, Arsenal are planning to sign Cedric on a free transfer once his contract expires with Southampton at the end of June.The report claims that Arteta has been ‘impressed by Soares’ professionalism and positive impact’ on the squad and the right-back is being lined up with a three-year deal. Advertisement Comment Cedric has not yet made an appearance for Arsenal (Getty Images)Meanwhile, Arsenal are also signing Pablo Mari on a permanent deal.The Gunners paid a £4.5m fee to sign the centre-back on loan from Flamengo in the January transfer window but have now agreed a £14m deal with the Brazilian club over a permanent move.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityBut despite Mari’s season-ending injury, Arteta insists that has not had an impact on Arsenal’s decision.‘This cannot be affected just because a player gets injured doing his job and defending our club,’ said the Arsenal manager.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Arsenal decide to sign Cedric Soares on permanent transfer Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 23 Jun 2020 5:15 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.1kShareslast_img read more

IMCA RaceSaver Sprints call Bethany Speedway new Missouri home

first_imgU.S. 36 has run the RaceSaver division for two years. The Sprint Series of Nebraska visits there four times this year. “There’s been a lot of interest by drivers who want to run twice a week,” Boller said. “Bethany is only 15 miles or so from the Iowa state line and there are drivers in the Des Moines area who were looking for a place to run on Saturday nights.” “We want to continue building the division and giving those drivers another track to race at 10 nights is one way we can do that,” he continued. Ten dates, all but one of them on Saturday nights, are on the 2020 schedule at Bethany. Opening night is April 25 with points racing slated through Aug. 29.  BETHANY, Mo. – IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car drivers have had Jon Boller Jr. on speed dial since his announcement the winged division would be new at his Bethany Speedway this season. IMCA Modifieds and IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars also run at both Missouri venues while Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods also run at Osborn. The IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing point season there runs from April 17 to Aug. 28. Sanctioned Sprints also run Fridays at the Boller-promoted U.S. 36 Raceway in Osborn.last_img read more