Pompeo warns against China, Russia on eve of Berlin Wall anniversary

RFE/RL: Pompeo warns of threats to liberty posed by Russia, China

RFE/RL: Pompeo warns of threats to liberty posed by Russia, China

Speaking Thursday in Germany at an event commemorating the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Pompeo said the alliance has a critical role amid dangers posed by communist governments around the world.

German chancellor Angela Merkel acknowledged this in a recent interview with the daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung, saying that "with some things, where one might have thought that East and West would have aligned, one can see today that it might rather take half a century or more".

Pompeo spoke the day after Emmanuel Macron claimed North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is suffering a "brain death" and Europe can no longer depend on the U.S.to defend her. But Mr Pompeo told reporters: "Seventy years on.it needs to grow and change".

Citing Russia's actions in Ukraine and China's crackdown on dissidents, he says "we must recognize that free nations are in a competition of values with unfree nations". "We were wrong", he said.

This include "building our own muscles, on where we've for a long time been able to rely on others - in security policies".

"If you don't lead [in the world], if America doesn't lead, who will?" he asked.

But fearful of a falling-out with China - Germany's biggest trade partner - Berlin last month said only that there would be "high standards" for security in the new network.

Pompeo is on a whirlwind two-day tour of Germany where he has revisited the site of his Cold War military service on the former Iron Curtain border and is slated to meet leaders including Merkel.

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