A Chinese diplomat in Brazil has mocked Mike Pompeo on Twitter, calling him the best US secretary of state ever, as he prepares to leave office.
“You made great contributions in dividing US people and uniting Chinese people, destroying US image and making China greater!” Li Yang, the Chinese consul general in Rio de Janeiro, tweeted on Tuesday, adding that he hated to say goodbye to him.
Zhao Lijian, the Chinese foreign ministry spokesman and an outspoken Wolf Warrior diplomat, liked the tweet.
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Mike, You are the best secretary of state ever in the US history. You made great contributions in dividing US people and uniting Chinese people, destroying US image and making China greater! I hate to say goodbye to you! @SecPompeo, @mikepompeo
— Li Yang (@CGChinaLiYang) January 19, 2021
Li, who has 1,900 followers, has begun the year with a barrage of tweets attacking the United States and occasionally Britain, including gloating about the failures of both nations’ coronavirus containment efforts.
Two days before his Pompeo tweet, he wrote of US President Donald Trump: “Donald, look at your graduation results: trade war: failed; economy recovery, failed; fighting against coronavirus: failed; re-election campaign: failed; MAGA: question mark!”
Joe Biden will replace Trump when he is inaugurated as the 46th president of the US on Wednesday.
Li’s tweets continued the harder line adopted by Chinese diplomats towards the US with ties between the nations at their lowest point in decades, for which they have been described as Wolf Warriors.
Ahead of the change of president, Biden’s secretary of state nominee Antony Blinken said Trump had been right to take a tougher approach to China.
Blinken’s comments came hours after Pompeo on Tuesday announced the Trump administration’s new assessment that China was committing crimes against humanity and genocide against Uygurs and other predominantly Muslim ethnic minority groups in China’s far-western Xinjiang region.
The secretary of state had himself posted a barrage of tweets over the weekend lambasting China’s ruling Communist Party for matters including Hong Kong, Taiwan, Xinjiang and the initial handling of the coronavirus outbreak.
Nationalistic Chinese tabloid Global Times hit back at Pompeo on Sunday, branding him a “lunatic”, after Chinese state media previously called him evil and insane for repeating the conspiracy theory that the coronavirus came from a laboratory in Wuhan, where the outbreak was first reported.
Li, the diplomat in Brazil, had previously made headlines for writing an article making an unsubstantiated accusation that the Covid-19 outbreak in the US could be linked to a military lab in Maryland.
Liu Weidong, a US affairs expert from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said the war of words may be toned down in the early days of the Biden administration.
“China won’t anger the Biden administration at a time when bilateral relations might be adjusted for better,” Liu said. “And without Pompeo, the Biden administration would not be that aggressive towards China, even though containing Chinese influence is still their primary goal.”
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