U.S.-China relations are worsening as Mike Pompeo and others in the Trump Administration have increased calling Xi Jinping “general secretary of the Chinese Communist party (CCP)” instead of President. Analysts claim the change is meant to hurt Xi’s image with his people.
Pompeo tweeted a picture of his dog Mercer playing with a Winnie the Pooh doll in July. China banned Winnie the Pooh movies, merchandise and images after memes of Xi’s alleged likeness to the cartoon character spread on Chinese social media in recent years.
Tensions are increasing with the spread of the Chinese Coronavirus, espionage at American universities, patent theft, belt and road expansion and the CCP’s increased presence in disputed areas of the South China Sea.