U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, and the Prime Minister of Czech Republic Andrej Babis, right, address the media during a press conference as part of a meeting in Prague, Czech Republic, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020.
"The tide is turning against the Chinese Communist Party in its efforts to restrict freedom for all of us", Pompeo said in the town of Bled after a signing ceremony for the declaration on developing a secure 5G network.
Pompeo called on countries around Europe to rally against the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), which he said leverages its economic might to exert its influence around the world. "The challenge of resisting the CCP threat is in some ways much more hard". That's because the CCP has already enmeshed in our economies, in our politics, in our societies in ways the Soviet Union never was.
The Cold War reference came after China's ambassador to London last month warned that the United States was picking a fight with Beijing ahead of the USA presidential election in November.
US-China ties have deteriorated quickly this year over a range of issues, including Beijing's handling of the coronavirus, telecommunications equipment maker Huawei, China's territorial claims in the South China Sea as well as the clampdown in Hong Kong.
Besides the 5G declaration, Pompeo will be discussing energy security with Slovenia's president and prime minister.
Pompeo praised Czech's move to strengthen ties with Taiwan.
"I expect the European Union not to resort to declarations but to take action, to take measures, because the Belarusians have the same right to freedom and democracy as we do", Pompeo said. We have the obligation to speak clearly and plainly to our people, and without fear.