China, Rus­sia con­cerns top Pom­peo agenda

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - NATION+WORLD -

WASHINGTON >> U.S. fears about China and Rus­sia’s grow­ing in­flu­ence in Cen­tral Europe will top Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo’s agenda as he heads to the re­gion this week. Pom­peo leaves for a five-na­tion tour of Europe that will be­gin in Hun­gary and Slo­vakia where he will raise those con­cerns and the im­por­tance of pro­mot­ing democ­racy and the rule of law to counter Bei­jing and Moscow’s ef­forts to pull the coun­tries away from the West and sow di­vi­sions in the Euro­pean Union and NATO. The cen­ter­piece of the trip will be a con­fer­ence on the fu­ture of the Mid­dle East in Poland that is ex­pected to fo­cus on Iran and will also be at­tended by Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu, Vice Pres­i­dent Pence and Pres­i­dent Trump’s Mideast peace team of se­nior ad­viser and son-in-law Jared Kush­ner and spe­cial en­voy for in­ter­na­tional ne­go­ti­a­tions Ja­son Green­blatt. In Bu­dapest and Bratislava, Pom­peo will specif­i­cally point to is­sues re­lated to Cen­tral Europe’s re­liance on Rus­sian en­ergy and the pres­ence of the Chi­nese high-tech tele­com firm Huawei.

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