Pompeo visits Hungary, to raise concerns about China, Russia

  • Pompeo visits Hungary, to raise concerns about China, Russia

Pompeo visits Hungary, to raise concerns about China, Russia

Pompeo is also trying to discourage European nations from even thinking about working with the Chinese telecoms giant Huawei in developing their national G5 networks, as Washington and Beijing are, apparently, involved in some sort of a turf war. "If that equipment is co-located where we have important American systems, it makes it more hard for us to partner alongside them".

Washington is concerned about China's growing presence, in particular the expansion of Huawei Technologies in Hungary and Poland.

"We have seen this all around the world, it also makes it more hard for America to be present", the US State Secretary said. That is, if that equipment is co-located where we have important American systems, it makes it more hard for us to partner alongside them.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban announced that women who have four children would never have to pay income tax again on Sunday. "And then they will get to make their decisions", Pompeo said.

The US has repeatedly accused China of using technology to pilfer trade secrets. Women there have an average of 1.45 children - lower than the average in the European Union of 1.58.

"This does not endanger us from being an ally", Szijjarto said. He will also visit Poland, where he will, among other events, take part in a conference on the Middle East, an effort to build a coalition against Iran. He will wrap up the tour with brief stops in Belgium and Iceland.

Ahead of his visits to Budapest and Bratislava, U.S. officials said Pompeo hoped to reverse what they called a decade of U.S. disengagement in Central Europe that created a vacuum that Russian Federation and China have exploited. But he said he had discussed "the dangers of allowing China to gain a bridgehead in Hungary" in talks with Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto.

Three groups that took part said they believed Pompeo would bring them to Orban.

He said the initiative is meant to "ensure the survival of the Hungarian nation".

Pompeo put the blame for much of the backsliding on a lack of US engagement. "We don't need numbers, but Hungarian children". "If that equipment is co-located where we have important American systems, it makes it more hard for us to partner alongside them".

Legislation approved previous year, for example, allows jail sentences for people convicted of aiding asylum-seekers.

The right-wing Orbán, a staunch immigration opponent who's been skeptical of the European Union, handily won re-election last April while voters gave his party a super-majority in Hungarian Parliament.

Hungary's Szijjarto brushed off US concerns over Russian Federation and China, saying Budapest was fulfilling its obligations to western allies as a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military alliance.