Mike Pompeo

  • Pompeo urges Indonesia to focus on China's treatment of Uighurs
    Jakarta, October 29 (Reuters): U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday urged Indonesians to focus on the treatment of Muslim Uighurs in China, describing it as the "gravest threat" to religious freedom in a speech to an Islamic group. On a trip to the world's largest Muslim majority country, Pompeo praised Indonesia's tradition of tolerance, but urged Jakarta to resist China's entreaties to "look away from the torments of your fellow Muslims".
  • U.S. warns of threat posed by China, signs military pact with India
    NEW DELHI, October 27 (Reuters): The United States and India signed a pact to share sensitive satellite and map data on Tuesday as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned of the threat posed by an increasingly assertive China. Pompeo, who arrived in New Delhi on Monday along with Defense Secretary Mark Esper, said after talks with their Indian counterparts that the two countries had to work together to confront the threat China posed to security and freedom. The annual U.
  • US Secretary of State Pompeo in India on first leg of Asia trip
    NEW DELHI, October 26(Reuters): US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo landed in India on Monday, the first leg of a five-day Asian trip aimed at strengthening strategic ties in the face of growing Chinese influence across the region. Pompeo was met at New Delhi airport by U.S. Ambassador Kenneth Juster, according to a pool report. Pompeo is due to meet India's Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar on Monday evening, before he and U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper hold a j
  • In Asia, Pompeo expected to bolster allies against China
    NEW DELHI, October 23 (Reuters): U.S. Secretary of State of Mike Pompeo is flying to India next week to strengthen strategic ties with a nation that is locked in a military standoff with China, in Washington's latest effort to bolster allies against Beijing. As part of an intensifying pushback against China's economic and military power in the region, Pompeo will also travel to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, two Indian Ocean countries struggling with a mountain of Chinese
  • U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to visit India next week for strategic talks
    NEW DELHI, October 21 (Reuters): U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark Esper will travel to India next week for a top-level ministerial dialogue, a statement from India's external affairs ministry said on Wednesday, and are expected to discuss defence and trade issues. Pompeo and Esper will hold two-plus-two talks with Indian defence minister Rajnath Singh and external affairs minister S.Jaishankar on Oct. 27, the statement said. The so-called tw
  • In Tokyo, Pompeo slams China and seeks support from Asian allies
    TOKYO, October 6 (Reuters): U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Japan on Tuesday to rally support from Washington's closest allies in Asia, calling for deeper collaboration with Japan, India and Australia as a bulwark against China's growing regional influence. The East Asia visit, Pompeo's first in more than a year, coincides with worsening tensions with China. Yet the call for a united front against Beijing is a sensitive subject for Washington's
  • Pompeo visit to Asia shows strong U.S. commitment to region - Stilwell
    WASHINGTON, October 2 (Reuters): U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to Asia next week demonstrates Washington's strong commitment to allies and partners in the region, the top American diplomat for East Asia, David Stilwell, said on Friday. Pompeo said earlier on Friday he would go ahead with the trip to Japan, South Korea and Mongolia, even after President Donald Trump tested positive for the coronavirus. Pompeo is currently in Europe, and is due to leave for To
  • Pope denies audience with Pompeo; Vatican warns against playing politics over China
    ROME, October 1 (Reuters): The Vatican said on Wednesday it had denied a request from Mike Pompeo for an audience with Pope Francis, and accused the Secretary of State of trying to drag the Catholic Church into the U.S. presidential election by denouncing its relations with China. The extraordinary remarks from the two top diplomatic officials at the Vatican came after Pompeo accused the Church in an article and a series of tweets this month of putting its "moral auth
  • Pompeo delivers warning to Italy over China's economic influence, 5G
    ROME, September 30 (Reuters): U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered a warning to Italy over its economic relations with China on Wednesday, and described Chinese mobile telecoms technology as a threat to Italy's national security and the privacy of its citizens. "The foreign minister and I had a long conversation about the United States' concerns at the Chinese Communist Party trying to leverage its economic presence in Italy to serve its own strategic purp
  • Pompeo urges Greece, Turkey to pursue talks on maritime dispute
    ATHENS, September 29 (Reuters): U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged NATO allies Greece and Turkey on Tuesday to press ahead with talks to resolve their dispute over maritime boundaries as soon as possible. Greece and Turkey, at loggerheads on a range of issues, have agreed to resume exploratory talks over contested maritime claims in the eastern Mediterranean "in the future" after weeks of tensions, but have not announced a date. "We hope that these talk
  • Pompeo says Hezbollah weapons risk torpedoing French efforts in Lebanon
    PARIS, September 15 (Reuters): U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday warned France that its efforts to resolve the crisis in Lebanon would be in vain without immediately tackling the issue of Iran-backed Hezbollah's weaponry. President Emmanuel Macron has spearheaded international efforts to set Lebanon on a new course after decades of corrupt rule led to its deepest crisis since the 1975-1990 civil war. His initiative faced a setback, however, with Lebanon'
  • Pompeo convention speech for Trump from Jerusalem sparks criticism, investigation
    WASHINGTON, August 26 (Reuters): U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo praised President Donald Trump's foreign policy record in a Republican National Convention speech on Tuesday that Democrats criticized as a breach of protocol and perhaps the law. Speaking in a recorded video from a Jerusalem rooftop during an official trip, Pompeo, a Trump appointee widely believed to harbor presidential aspirations, said the president had exposed the "predatory aggression" of t
  • U.S. will aim to block Russia, China from violating Iran sanctions - Pompeo
    WASHINGTON, August 21 (Reuters): The United States is prepared to block Russia and China from any attempts to violate sanctions on Iran, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday, one day after Washington moved to restore sanctions imposed on Tehran by the United Nations. Pompeo, in an interview on Fox News, also said Washington was disappointed that its allies did not support the U.S. effort to push for a "snapback" of U.N. sanctions, including an arms embar
  • Trump to act on Chinese software companies in coming days: Pompeo
    WASHINGTON, August 2 (Reuters): President Donald Trump will take action shortly on Chinese software companies that are feeding data directly to the Beijing government, posing a risk to U.S. national security, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday. "President Trump has said 'enough' and we're going to fix it and so he will take action in the coming days with respect to a broad array of national security risks that are presented by software connected
  • China, Iran, Russia on agenda as Pompeo testifies in U.S. Senate
    WASHINGTON, July 30 (Reuters): U.S. lawmakers expect to question Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on dealings with China and Russia, the decision to move troops out of Germany and weapons exports when the country's top diplomat offers rare public testimony in the Senate on Thursday. Pompeo will testify at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing for the first time in 15 months, discussing the State Department's annual budget request. Foreign Relations Committee Dem
  • Pompeo says China took incredibly aggressive action in recent clash with India
    WASHINGTON, July 8 (Reuters): U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday accused China of taking "incredibly aggressive action" in a recent clash with India over a disputed section of the nuclear-armed neighbors' border, saying the incident could not be assessed in isolation.   On the night of June 15, Chinese forces and Indian troops fought for hours with rods and clubs, resulting in a dramatic escalation that left 20 Indian soldiers killed, with so
  • Pompeo calls Hong Kong law an 'affront to all nations'
    WASHINGTON, July 1 (Reuters): U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday the new security law imposed on Hong Kong by China was an affront to all nations and Washington would continue to implement President Donald Trump's directive to end the territory's special status.   Pompeo told a news briefing the United States was deeply concerned about the safety of everyone in Hong Kong and said that Article 38 of the law likely included Americans. He called
  • U.S. and EU must face down China together, Pompeo says
    BRUSSELS, June 25 (Reuters): The United States and European Union need a shared understanding of China to resist it, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday, calling Beijing a threat and accusing it of stealing European know-how to develop its economy.   Pompeo said he had accepted a proposal by EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell to create a formal U.S.-EU dialogue on China and would travel to Europe soon to host the first session.   "The
  • Pompeo says U.S. working with Europe on how to reopen travel safely
    WASHINGTON, June 24 (Reuters): U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday the United States was working with countries in Europe and elsewhere on how to reopen for travel safely following coronavirus-linked shutdowns, after details emerged of EU criteria that could keep out Americans due to high rates of coronavirus infections.   "We're working on finding the right way to do that, the right timing to do it, the right tactics to have in place,&qu
  • Pompeo says Hong Kong does not warrant pre-1997 special treatment
    WASHINGTON, May 27 (Reuters): U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he certified on Wednesday to the U.S. Congress that Hong Kong does not continue to warrant special treatment under the U.S. laws in the same way that applied when the territory was still under the British law before July 1997.   "No reasonable person can assert today that Hong Kong maintains a high degree of autonomy from China, given facts on the ground," Pompeo said in a statement.