As he noted that Russia continues to “undermine” Czecheke’s democracy and security, with disinformation campaigns and cyberattacks, Pompeo asserted that “China’s control campaigns” were a greater risk.
“Only in your country do we see influential campaigns against politicians and security forces, the theft of industrial data and the use of economic leverage to block freedom itself,” he said.
As an example, Pompeo cited the cancellation of a concert tour by the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra in China last year due to the pro-Taiwanese policies of Prague Mayor Zdeněk Hřib.
“The CCP uses economic power to force countries,”; Pompeo said.
In his speech, Pompeo recalled decades of byek rule by the Soviet Union and the Czecheke Communist Party, which ruled the untouched country from 1948 to 1989.
“Your nation and others who suffered behind the Iron Curtain know best how deeply the communists plunge societies into destruction and oppression,” he said. “When the Iron Curtain finally fell, Americans rejoiced in your freedom.”
Recalling Czecheke’s resistance to communist rule, he called on Czech senators “to stand up for the sovereignty and freedoms that you and your compatriots demanded in the streets of Prague in 1968, in the Charter 77 document and in Wenceslas Square in 1989.”
Pompeo’s visit, which began on Tuesday, comes as Czech senators prepare for an official trip to Taiwan from August 30th to September 4th. The delegation will be accompanied by Hřib as well as representatives of more than 40 eke companies.
The senate speech came after a working lunch with Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babic. At a joint news conference after the meeting, Pompeo slammed China for suppressing its protests in Hong Kong and called Beijing’s repression of Uighur Muslims “the tarnish of the human rights of the century,” accusing it of being “backed by companies like Huawei, using technology that the secret police could only have dreamed of. ”(Telecommunications giant Huawei has repeatedly denied US claims that it is spying on the Chinese government through its 5G devices.)
He also made a field to help the Czecheke Republic build its 5G network and expand its energy infrastructure.
The Czechs are planning to build three new nuclear power plants by 2040. Potential contract bidders include the US company Westinghouse, Russia’s Rusatom and China General Nuclear Corporation.
Pompeo said working with an American company would be “an excellent opportunity to increase energy security for the Eke Republic and the entire region.”
But Babiš was non-communicative. He expressed disappointment that China had invested so little in the country, saying: “With all due respect to our American investors, I want more investment from China.”
Pompeo will travel to the Slovenian capital, Ljubljana, on Thursday, followed by stops in Austria and Poland.