FILE PHOTO: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, US, Jan 12, 2021. [Photo/Agencies] The Chinese Foreign Ministry announced sanctions on former secretary of State Mike Pompeo, former national security advisor Robert O'Brien and former trade advisor Peter Navarro, along with other members of the Trump administration, on Wednesday. "Over the past few years, some anti-China politicians in the United States, out of their selfish political interests and prejudice and hatred against China and showing no regard for the interests of the Chinese and American people, have planned, promoted and executed a series of crazy moves which have gravely interfered in China's internal affairs, undermined China's interests, offended the Chinese people, and seriously disrupted China-US relations," said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement. "China has decided to sanction 28 persons who have seriously violated China's sovereignty and who have been mainly responsible for such US moves on China-related issues," the statement added. It is conceivable that Pompeo and other anti-China politicians in Washington were operating under the delusion that their "maximum pressure" campaign would bring China to its knees, as it had achieved in some smaller nations. But such a tactic won't work with China. Rather, their China-bashing frenzy has not only exposed their contempt for political decency, international laws and the basic norms governing international relations but also their hegemonic convictions. It is no less unfortunate for American people than for Chinese people that Washington's alt-right politicians, who have been desperate to promote their political persuasions and ideology, have indulged in a China-bashing frenzy of late. Pompeo, as foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said, "This US politician is notorious for lying and cheating, is making himself a laughing stock and a clown", has to reap what he has sown.