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Commentary: Pompeo’s slander peddling to bury Washington’s already shaky credibility

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The United States is now struggling with the twin predicaments of a ravaging coronavirus pandemic and widespread protests against racial discrimination at home, yet United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other like-minded American politicians have been bent on smearing other countries with lies.

Their reckless disinformation campaign has fully exposed those politicians’ deeply-entrenched addiction to lying and scapegoating, yet such a dirty trick fools no clear mind.

Earlier this month, when the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution condemning racism in the wake of the death of George Floyd, an African American, Pompeo simply ignored the condemnation. He even asked the council to focus on what he alleged the “systemic racial disparities” in certain countries, including China.

On other public occasions recently, Pompeo also launched one verbal attack after another against China on a range of issues from Huawei, Hong Kong, to Xinjiang.

However, investigative reports have revealed that the United States accusations of the alleged human rights issue in Xinjiang are part of a prolonged China-smearing campaign.

For example, the Grayzone, a United States-based investigative news website, has published multiple stories over the recent few years saying that Washington’s accusations against China’s Xinjiang policy were based on studies with “absurdly shoddy methodologies” and supported by anti-China agencies, groups and individuals.

The lame lies of Pompeo and his peers are the product of their highly biased opinion towards China. In their minds, whatever China does is wrong.

Their prejudice has rid them of moral limits, and prompted them to attack China whenever possible. That is why China’s sincere pandemic assistance to other countries was labeled as a game to expand geopolitical influence.

Their arrogance has deprived them of the basic idea to respect other countries and cultures. That is why they falsely accused China of trying to steal coronavirus-related research on vaccines. The irony is that China, which is at the forefront of the COVID-19 vaccine development, should be worrying about the possible theft of its research results.

The recklessness of Pompeo and his like has ruined Washington’s credibility in America’s traditional allies. And more and more people in the Western world have begun to realize that the purpose of Washington politicians’ China-bashing is to cover up their mistakes and to “direct Americans’ anger at China.”

For Washington’s China hawks like Pompeo, blaming China seems to be an easy political scheme with high political returns. Nevertheless, they should realize that too many clumsy lies will ultimately ruin their already shaky credibility.

(XINHUA)

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