United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a stern warning against China and Russia on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, describing free nations as being in a "competition of values" with unfree nations, Reuters reported on Friday November 8th.
"Western, free nations have a responsibility to deter threats to our people" from governments like China, Russia and Iran, Pompeo said in a speech in Berlin on the lessons of the fall of the wall in 1989.
Speaking just a few metres away from where the wall ran past the German capital's world-famous Brandenburg Gate, he also urged Western allies to defend hard-won freedoms. "The US and its allies should defend what was so hard-won in 1989… and recognise we are in a ‘competition of values’ with unfree nations," he said.
"Today, Russia – led by a former KGB officer once stationed in Dresden ‒ invades its neighbours and slays political opponents… In China, the Chinese Communist Party is shaping a new vision of authoritarianism," Pompeo said.
The visit came as Germany prepared to mark three decades since the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9th, 1989.
Defending liberal democracy also meant preventing "Europe's energy supplies... (from) depending on Putin's whims," by the currently under-construction Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia to Germany, according to Pompeo.
"Chinese companies' intent to build 5G networks.” following the German government’s failure to exclude tech giant Huawei from the next-generation mobile network infrastructure, was cited as a threat by the secretary of state.
"NATO needs to grow and change, it needs to confront the realities of today and the challenges today,” he said according to AFP.