Pompeo’s Europe trip: alliance formed to counter threats from Communist China

0
142

Travel to the Czech Republic on August 11

Secretary Pompeo traveled to the Czech Republic on August 11, 2020, where he has met President Zeman, Prime Minister Babis, Foreign Minister Petricek, and other senior politicians.

The United States and the Czech Republic are working together to address common challenges, including countering disinformation and ensuring that technology and investment flows from China, in particular, do not raise national security risks.

The Clean Network initiative is a comprehensive effort to address the long-term threat to data privacy, security, and human rights posed to the free world from authoritarian malign actors, such as the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

The United States is joined in The Clean Network by more than thirty like-minded Clean Countries and Territories who have committed protecting their 5G networks from untrusted vendors and/or their telecommunications carriers have agreed to only use trusted vendors.

“Back then it was nearly impossible to imagine that an American secretary of state would ever deliver an address in this exquisite city that was at that time held captive by communists,” Pompeo said, adding, “God has been good to us all.”

Remarks of Secretary Pompeo on China:

What’s happening now isn’t Cold War 2.0. The challenge of resisting the CCP threat is in some ways worse.

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

Today an even greater threat is the threat posed by the Chinese Communist Party and its campaigns of coercion and control.

The CCP lies, and makes those who tell the truth disappear.  The virulent pandemic that came from Wuhan spread so widely, and caused so much damage, because the CCP covered it up.

Then there’s the tragedy that has befallen Hong Kong and the premature denial of freedom to those people.  You see it in far-off places and their attempts to dominate the South China Sea.  You see it in the detention of one million Uyghur Muslims living in internment camps in Xinjiang.  This is the human rights stain of the century, sustained by companies like Huawei, using technology that secret police could only have dreamed of in times gone by.

Americans now recognize that the CCP, which is totally separate from the Chinese people, threatens their values and their way of life.  

Travels to Slovenia on August 13

Secretary Pompeo traveled to Slovenia on August 13, where he has met President Borut Pahor, Prime Minister Janez Janša, and Foreign Minister Anže Logar at Lake Bled.  Following bilateral meetings on mutual priorities, they have signed the U.S.-Slovenia Joint Declaration on 5G Security.

Further, the United States and Slovenia recognize the need to raise awareness of the importance of 5G security and intend to promote it within the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the European Union.

Remarks of Pompeo on China:

Chief among those threats is the Chinese Communist Party and its drive to control people and information and our economies.  As you just saw, I was pleased to sign a joint declaration with the foreign minister that excludes untrusted vendors from 5G networks.  

More and more here in Europe and in nations around the world, leaders are taking sovereign decisions to protect the privacy and individual liberties of their citizens. 

The tide is turning against the Chinese Communist Party and its efforts to restrict freedom for all of us.

The Chinese Communist Party has a different vision.  And so for a long time, the West, the United States included, said we’re just going to trade with them and things will get better.  It turned out it didn’t work.  In fact, it got more dangerous; it got more insecure for the West.

Travel to Austria on August 13

Secretary Pompeo travels to Austria on August 13, to deepen bilateral ties between the United States and Austria.  He meets with Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg, and other government officials.

Austria plays an important role as both an East-West hub and a moderator between industrialized and developing countries. Austria hosts the International Atomic Energy Agency and several other UN bodies, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

Pompeo met on August 14 with Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias in Vienna, Austria.  Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Dendias discussed the strong U.S.-Greece bilateral relationship and the urgent need to reduce tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Remarks of Pompeo on China:

I think the whole world can plainly see now that the Chinese Communist Party is intent on using this telecommunications infrastructure for purposes that no other – no other telecom system in the world does, right?  They’re using it as deeply tied to their national security apparatus, to their intelligence community, to their military forces – all the data. 

And so we’ve been clear about our expectation that everyone will come to understand this threat in the same way, and we have watched countries all across the world come to a common understanding and begin to move their nations forward with a set of trusted vendors from whatever source – whether they’re European – European country – companies, like Ericsson and Nokia, we just want to make sure that these are trusted vendors that are protecting this information from the threats that the Chinese Communist Party poses.

We think of Huawei not as a bilateral issue. We think of Huawei as presenting risk. So our mission set is just to make sure everybody understands that Huawei is an element of the Chinese Communist Party. It’s deeply connected to the military. 

Travel to Poland on August 15

Secretary Pompeo traveled to Poland on August 15, where he met with President Andrzej Duda, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, and Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz.

The Donald Trump administration has close ties with Polish President Andrzej Duda, who had earned an invitation to the White House days before being re-elected in June.

Poland is one of the few NATO Allies that meet the Wales Pledge to spend two percent of gross domestic product on defense.

Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak has said that the United States will deploy at least 1,000 additional troops to Poland.

Remarks of Pompeo on China:

Poland is also joining a growing list of nations on high alert to the Chinese Communist Party’s malign influence. This is reflected clearly in the 5G joint declaration of our two countries signed a year ago. And we talked today on how we can continue to cooperate further to protect our people from the challenges that the Chinese Communist Party presents and the risks that come from its aspirations.

It’s unsurprising that the Russians and the Chinese would like to sell weapons to the Islamic Republic of Iran. It is unfortunate that the French and the United Kingdom members of the P5 didn’t support what the Gulf states have demanded, what the Israelis have demanded for their own security – the people who know best the risks in the region. So I regret that deeply. 

As for precisely the right position of our forces, the Department of Defense and the Polish military and Secretary General Stoltenberg will all make the right decisions about how best to array the forces.

Travel to Dominica on August 16

Pompeo will travel to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, August 16 to head the U.S. delegation to the presidential inauguration of Luis Abinader. While in Santo Domingo, the Secretary will meet with President Abinader to discuss opportunities to strengthen our partnership and focus on promoting transparency, democracy, and security in the region.

Edited by staff

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here