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America to the world: do as I say, not as I do

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As the top diplomat of the most powerful country in the world, Mike Pompeo seems to follow an inversion of Spider-Man’s famous dictum: with great power comes great bullying.

The US secretary of state recently went berserk at the Russian air force, seemingly unaware, or not caring, that America’s own navy was doing pretty much the same thing to China.

Two Russian long-range strategic bombers landed in Venezuela last week for what the Venezuelan government said were air force exercises aimed at strengthening the country’s defences. How was that any business of the Americans?

Weren’t the Russians exercising the freedom of navigation in international air space and, afterwards, invited to land in Venezuela? After all, Nicolas Maduro, the socialist Venezuelan president, is worried the Americans are out to get him.........

© South China Morning Post