The West is Winning: Secretary Pompeo Remarks at the Munich Security Conference
Secretary of State delivered speech in defense of the international role of the United States at the Munich Security Conference
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday defended the global role of the United States, despite Europeans’ fears, promising that Western values will triumph over China’s desire to create its own “empire”.
Pompeo tried to reassure Europeans worried about President Donald Trump’s “America First” rhetoric, his controversial attitude towards NATO’s transatlantic military alliance and threats to impose duties on goods from Europe.
“I am pleased to report that the death of the transatlantic alliance is a gross exaggeration. The West is winning, and we are winning together, ”Pompeo said at the Munich Security Conference, listing the steps the US has taken to protect liberal democracies..
Pompeo responded in part to the speech of German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who on Friday accused the US, Russia and China of creating an atmosphere of global mistrust..
Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iranian nuclear deal and the Paris Climate Agreement damaged European priorities, and the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital weakened European diplomacy.
Pompeo defended American strategy, saying Europe, Japan and other US allies are united on China, Iran and Russia, despite “tactical differences”.
He emphasized the negative attitude of Washington towards the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which is supported by the government of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Talking about the Russian annexation of Ukrainian Crimea, cyber threats emanating from Iran and China’s economic policies, Pompeo said these countries still “want to build empires” and destabilize the international system based on generally accepted rules..
US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, who took the floor after Pompeo, focused on China in his speech, accusing Beijing of a “nefarious strategy” carried out by telecommunications company Huawei.
“It is very important that we, as an international community, understand the challenges posed by China’s manipulation of a long-established international order,” Esper said..
Defense Secretary noted that it is not too late for the UK to “take two steps back” in the recent decision to limit Huawei’s participation in the creation of UK 5G networks.
“We can have a win-win strategy if we just follow the international rules that have been established for decades … [taking into account] respect for human rights, respect for sovereignty,” he said.
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