Pompeo warns of China's threat

14 Août, 2020, 04:52 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wears a face mask during a joint press conference as part of a meeting with the Prime Minister of Czech Republic Andrej Babis in Prague Czech Republic Wednesday Aug. 12 2020. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is

"Partnering with Russian-Chinese state owned companies will, in fact, undermine the Czech Republic's national sovereignty, that's a great place", stated the USA secretary of state.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis address the media at a news conference as part of a meeting in Prague, Czech Republic August 12, 2020. He is to sign a joint declaration on "5G Clean Network Security" that aims to keep untrusted telecoms vendors out. The declaration will commit "to protecting the privacy and individual liberties of the citizens of the United States and Slovenia".

China's global economic power makes the communist country in some ways a more hard foe to counter than the Soviet Union during the Cold War, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on a visit to the Czech Republic on Wednesday.

Pompeo said, "The CCP is already enmeshed in our economies, in our politics, in our societies in ways the Soviet Union never was".

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He was speaking alongside Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis, who called the events in Belarus "shocking" after a third night of protests following a disputed election in which President Alexander Lukashenko won a sixth term.

He called the Chinese Communist Party's campaigns of coercion and control even more of a threat than Russian Federation.

"In your country alone", he said, "we see influence campaigns against your politicians and security forces, the theft of industrial data that you have created through your innovation and creativity, and we've seen the use of economic leverage to stifle freedom itself". He noted several recent developments in which China has threatened Czech officials with retaliation for showing support for Taiwan, Tibet and Hong Kong.

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