25 September 2020,   07:38
Pompeo heads to Central Europe as US looks to confront Russian, Chinese influence

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo embarks on a weeklong trip to central Europe, as the United States looks to confront Russian and Chinese economic and geopolitical competition in Europe, writes the VOA.

The top U.S. diplomat is traveling to Prague and Pilsen in the Czech Republic; Ljubljana, Slovenia; Vienna, Austria; and Warsaw, Poland, from August 11 to 15.

Pompeo will become the first secretary of state since 2011 to visit Slovenia, where he will sign a Joint Declaration on 5G technology as Washington is countering risks posed by communist China’s “infiltration into high-tech networks” in the region.

The trip comes as the Pentagon prepares to move forward with a plan to pull almost 12,000 troops from Germany and redeploy part of the U.S. forces to Poland and other NATO nations, raising concerns at home and in Europe even as senior officials defend it as a strategic necessity.