'Get Ready to Go:' China Media Revels in Mike Pompeo's Looming Departure

China's tightly controlled state media is reveling in the looming departure of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, goading him with the phrase "get ready to go" in an op-ed on Wednesday.

Chinese Communist Party newspaper Global Times has been reserved in its comments about Beijing's preferred choice in the U.S. presidential election, but the state-owned tabloid has never held back its views on President Donald Trump's chief diplomat.

The newspaper's website is filled with editorials that are critical of the outgoing secretary of state, including six different articles since Monday alone.

After Pompeo compared the Chinese leadership to a "Marxist-Leninist monster" on Tuesday and said the Trump administration was "not finished yet" with tough actions on Beijing, Global Times chief Hu Xijin fired back with his own cutting retorts.

"This rare ideologue will soon lose his job as secretary of state, but he is acting as if he can continue to exert influence not just in the U.S. but the world," the editor in chief wrote on Wednesday, calling America's top diplomat "obsessed and narcissistic."

Referring to Pompeo's habit of distinguishing the Chinese Communist Party from what he views as its long-suffering subjects, Hu said: "As for Pompeo's stubborn belief that China's political system is bound to end, I'd like to say that socialist China will live as long as people's wish for a better life."

"Finally, I would like to say to him: Get ready to go," Hu gloated.

Pompeo has been one of China's toughest and most vocal opponents in the Asia-Pacific, and Global Times, which represents the most hawkish views of the Chinese leadership, has responded with disapproval over issues including the U.S.'s ban on Huawei, support for Taiwan and his recent tour of Asia.

The secretary of state's five-nation anti-China tour concluded at the end of October with visits to India, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Indonesia and Vietnam.

Global Times opinion articles branded the tour as a failure, and described Pompeo's efforts to turn some of China's neighbors as an "era of train wreck diplomacy."

"Pompeo is obsessed with making China an enemy," a recent article read.

"Look at Pompeo's bloated ego. He is about to lose his job, but is still trying to meddle in Xinjiang and Hong Kong affairs," Hu wrote in yet another op-ed on Thursday.

China threat

As election results began to come in last week and President-elect Joe Biden was projected as the most likely winner, Global Times began to give subtle hints that President Xi Jinping would be more receptive of the former vice president's methods.

"Biden reportedly will form a diverse cabinet, and many people are looking forward to the changes that he will bring to U.S. foreign diplomacy - especially China policy," an editorial said on Monday.

In a message seemingly intended for the president-elect and his cabinet, the paper wrote: "Pompeo's successor will also need to make up for the damage done to China-U.S. relations."

"For example, he or she will need to revoke some wrong policies (including the restrictions on diplomats and embassy issues) to create a good atmosphere for the two countries' ties," the article said.

China's growing influence in East Asia and its expansion into the South China Sea will be the biggest challenges abroad for a Biden presidency. The former senator from Delaware recognized as much when he penned "Why America Must Lead Again" in the March/April edition of Foreign Affairs.

Meanwhile, Beijing, while cautious, is already speaking of Biden in predictable terms. Chinese state media expects him to normalize relations with the world's second-largest economy and return to traditional forms of foreign policy.

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