Pompeo criticizes Russia and China but says NATO must change
Russia slays political opponents and China's tactics would be "horrifyingly familiar" to former East Germans, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday, describing free nations as being in a "competition of values" with unfree nations.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo didn't hold back in his criticism of China and Russia on Friday (November 8) in a speech in Berlin.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) US SECRETARY OF STATE MIKE POMPEO, SAYING: "Today Russia, led by a former KGB officer stationed in Dresden, invades its neighbours and slays political opponents." WHITE FLASH (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE MIKE POMPEO, SAYING: "In China the Chinese Communist Party is shaping a new vision of authoritarianism - one that the world has not seen for an awfully long time.
The Chinese Communist Party uses tactics, methods to suppress its own people that would be horrifyingly familiar to former East Germans." Pompeo was speaking in Germany to mark 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall - the Cold War's most potent symbol.
But he said the West has lost its way in the quote "afterglow of that proud moment", and that authoritarianism is rising.
His comments came a day after French President Emmanuel Macron said the western NATO alliance was dying due to America's unpredictability - something rebuffed by Pompeo and the German chancellor.
But the secretary of state on Friday did say that the alliance is in need of change.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE MIKE POMPEO, SAYING: "NATO runs always the risk that it will become obsolete, not because the partnership, not because the political commitments will ever become, I don't think in the transatlantic those commitments between our countries will ever become obsolete but it does run that risk if it doesn't do the things it needs to do to confront the challenges of today in a way that is effective."
After the conclusion of 2+2 dialogue between India and US in New Delhi, the Spokesperson for US State Department, Morgan Ortagus, said the India-US relations go beyond political parties and that the bilateral cooperation between New Delhi and Washington DC will remain important irrespective of the outcome of the upcoming presidential elections. "It's incredibly important for Secretary Pompeo and Secretary Esper to go to India, and have this 2+2 (dialogue). Our relationship between the United States and India has been around for very long time and will be around for decades and much longer in the future. The relationship goes beyond political parties...We believe that the values that bind us together will be important for whoever wins this presidential election," Ortagus told ANI on October 28.
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US State Secretary Mike Pompeo after attending 2+2 India-US Ministerial Dialogue on October 27 in Delhi said that US will stand with India as they confront threats to their sovereignty, liberty. He said, "US and India are taking steps to strengthen our cooperation against all manner of threats and not just those posed by Chinese Communist Party. Last year, we've expanded our cooperation on cyber issues, our navies have held joint exercises in Indian ocean." "We visited National War Memorial to honour brave men and women of Indian armed forces who sacrificed for the world's largest democracy, including 20 killed by PLA in Galwan Valley. US will stand with India as they confront threats to their sovereignty, liberty" he added.
India and US signed the historic Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement or BECA, which gives India access to classified geo-spatial data as well as critical information having significant military applications from the US. At a press conference after the 2+2 meeting, India and US lashed out at China over its transgressions with the US committing to stand by India. ‘The United States will stand with the people of India as they confront threats to their sovereignty and to their liberty,’ Pompeo said at the press conference. ‘Our leaders, and our citizens, see with increasing clarity that the Chinese Communist Party is no friend to democracy, the rule of law, transparency, nor to freedom of navigation, the foundation of a free and open, prosperous Indo-Pacific,’ he added. The crucial defence pact comes as India & China are engaged in a standoff at the LAC in Ladakh and a week ahead of presidential polls in the US. Watch the video for all the details.
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