China-US relations

If confirmed, Mike Pompeo would fill the vacancy left after US President Donald Trump fired Rex Tillerson as secretary of state. Photo: EPA-EFE

China hawk Pompeo tipped to stiffen Trump’s tough line on Beijing

The US president’s nominee for secretary of state has stoked fears among Chinese observers for the future of Beijing’s already fraught relations with Washington, renewing his criticism in his confirmation hearing over China’s expanding influence and provocations in contested waters.