While he noted that Russia continues to “undermine” Czech democracy and security, with misinformation campaigns and cyber attacks, Pompeo insists that “coercive campaigns China’s “control is of greater danger.”
“In your own country alone, we see influential campaigns against your politicians and security forces, steal industrial data and use economic leverage,” he said. to restrain freedom.
Mr. Pompeo, for example, cited the cancellation of the Prague Symphony Orchestra’s tour in China last year because of Prague Mayor Zdeněk Hřib’s pro-Taiwan policies.
“The CCP uses its economic power to coerce countries,”; Pompeo said.
In his speech, Pompeo recalls the decades dominated by the Soviet Union and the Czech Communist Party, which ran the country from 1948 to 1989.
“Your nation, and other nations that have suffered behind the Iron Curtain, understand best how the communists have pushed society into ruins and deep repression. “When the Iron Curtain finally falls, Americans rejoice for your freedom.”
Recalling Czech Communist resistance, he urged the Czech senators to “stand up to defend the sovereignty and freedom that you and your compatriots demand on the streets of Prague in 1968, in the document of Charter 77, and at Wenceslas Square in 1989 ”.
Mr. Pompeo’s visit, which began on Tuesday, takes place as Czech senators are preparing to make an official trip to Taiwan from 30 August to 4 September. Hřib is also represented by more than 40 Czech companies.
The Senate speech is given after a working lunch with Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš. At the joint press conference following the meeting, Pompeo criticized China for its suppression of protests in Hong Kong and called Beijing’s suppression of Uighur Muslims a “stain on human rights of the century. “, At the same time accusing it” is maintained by companies like Huawei, using technology that secret police can only dream of. ” (Telecom giant Huawei has repeatedly denied US accusations that it spied on the Chinese government through its 5G equipment.)
He also launched advertisements to help the Czech Republic build 5G networks and expand its energy infrastructure.
The Czech Republic is planning to build three new nuclear power plants by 2040. Potential contractors for the contract include American company Westinghouse, Russian Rusatom and China Nuclear Power Corporation.
Pompeo said working with an American company would be “a great opportunity to strengthen energy security for the Czech Republic and the region as a whole”.
But Babiš is not theism. He expressed his disappointment that China has invested too little in the country, saying: “With all due respect to our American investors, I want more investment from China.”
Pompeo will arrive in the Slovenian capital Ljubljana on Thursday, followed by stops in Austria and Poland.