Pompeo warns allies Huawei presence complicates partnership with U.S.

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to the media at the United Nations following a Security Council meeting about the situation in Venezuela in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., January 26, 2019.

Speaking in the Slovak capital of Bratislava, Pompeo said China and Russian Federation pose twin threats to the democratic and free-market gains made since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

Pompeo was in Slovakia on the second leg of a European tour that began in Hungary, before landing in Poland later on Tuesday.

Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto on Tuesday slammed U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, saying "the world is not going to be a better place if some countries spend their time intervening in the internal political affairs of other countries" in response to a statement from the U.S. official that the use of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei's products would complicate the partnership between the U.S. and Hungary during a joint press conference in Budapest.

According to AP, US officials are very concerned because of Huawei's expansion in Europe, especially in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members like Hungary, because they consider this to represent "a great threat".

"We're fine with companies competing, but they have got to do so in a way that's fair and open and transparent, and they can't do so with anything other than an economic motive", he said.

A senior U.S. official travelling with Pompeo said the Trump administration was pursuing a strategy similar to that in Asia, where for years the United States has been seeking to curb China's power. The warning was broad but pointedly delivered in Hungary, a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally and European Union member where Huawei is a major player.

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THE US GOVERNMENT has sent a stark warning to its allies about their use of Huawei technology.

"We must not let Putin drive wedges between friends in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation", he said, adding that he had also warned of "the dangers of allowing China to gain a bridgehead in Hungary".

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The top American diplomat's comments came as he continued his Central European charm offensive aimed at curbing the growing influence of both Russian Federation and China in the region.

"I want to make sure that the Slovakian people understand that America is engaged, we're back", he said.

Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto welcomed Pompeo's calls for closer ties and promised more defence cooperation but also brushed off the criticism on relations with Russian Federation and China.

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