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Pompeo to visit Britain and Denmark, says China top of the agenda

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday said he will visit Britain and Denmark next week, with a view to discuss China.

Washington, 15 July 2020 (dpa/MIA) – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday said he will visit Britain and Denmark next week, with a view to discuss China.

“I leave on Monday for a quick trip to the United Kingdom and Denmark, and I’m sure that the Chinese Communist Party and its threat to free peoples around the world will be high on top of that agenda,” Pompeo told a press conference.

The top US diplomat’s trip comes days after Britain’s decision to exclude Chinese tech giant Huawei from the expansion of its 5G infrastructure, citing security concerns and US sanctions against the company.

The move was a win for US President Donald Trump’s administration, which has been piling pressure on partners to exclude Huawei from network expansion for months, amid claims that its communications equipment could be infiltrated by the Chinese government.

Pompeo called Britain’s decision “commendable.”

On Wednesday, Pompeo is set to meet Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod and representatives from Greenland and the Faroe Islands, according to the Danish government.

Discussions will include security, trade and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on international cooperation, according to Kofod.

The foreign ministers will likely also discuss the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which is to span the Baltic Sea from western Russia to northern Germany, including Danish waters.

Washington has been focused on trying to stall the project, saying the pipeline would increase the European Union’s dependence on Russian gas.

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