US President Donald Trump’s top diplomat promised on Tuesday a new democratic world order in which Washington will strengthen or jettison international agreements as it sees fit to stop “bad actors” such as Russia, China and Iran from gaining. In a twist on Trump’s “America First” policy, US secretary of state Mike Pompeo said Trump was not abandoning its global leadership but instead reshaping the post-World War 2 system on the basis of sovereign states, not multilateral institutions. “In the finest traditions of our great democracy, we are rallying the noble nations to build a new liberal order that prevents war and achieves greater prosperity,” Pompeo told diplomats and officials in a foreign policy speech. “We are acting to preserve, protect and advance an open, just, transparent and free world of sovereign states,” Pompeo said, adding that China’s ability to benefit from the current US-led system of trade and other agreements was an example of “the poisoned fruit of American re...

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