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World Beijing slams Pompeo for 'Cold War thinking' in Berlin speech

12:50  11 november  2019
12:50  11 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

Somber mood as Germany marks 30 years of Berlin Wall fall

  Somber mood as Germany marks 30 years of Berlin Wall fall Germany marks three decades since the fall of the Berlin Wall this week, but a hint of a return of the Cold War and the rise of nationalism is dampening the mood. Leaders of former Cold War powers will be absent from anniversary festivities, as Donald Trump's America First, Britain's Brexit and Russia's resurgence put a strain on ties. Gone, too, is the euphoric optimism for liberal democracy and freedom that characterised the momentous event on November 9, 1989, as Germany grapples with a surge in far-right support in its former communist states.

In Berlin to remember the end of the first Cold War , US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appeared to be declaring Mr Pompeo clearly saw this speech as a rallying cry to the West. He struck a hawkish tone but many will wonder And Moscow and Beijing are eager to exploit such tensions and divisions.

In his speech , Pompeo called on Germany and other European states to take a tougher stance against Russia, China, and Iran, and reduce their energy He arrived in Germany on Wednesday for a three-day visit to take part in events marking the end of the Cold War and the 30th anniversary of the fall of

China on Monday accused Mike Pompeo of "outdated Cold War thinking" after the US Secretary of State warned against a Chinese threat to Western freedoms.

Mike Pompeo wearing a suit and tie talking on a cell phone: Beijing slammed Pompeo's 'baseless malicious attacks' on the Chinese government© John MACDOUGALL Beijing slammed Pompeo's 'baseless malicious attacks' on the Chinese government

Pompeo -- who spoke in Germany on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall -- said the Chinese Communist Party "uses tactics and methods to suppress its own people that would be horrifyingly familiar to former East Germans".

He added that Washington has made clear to Beijing that they should "honour their commitment" to the "one country, two systems" policy that allows Hong Kong rights unseen in the mainland.

Berlin bans actors from impersonating US soldiers at iconic Cold War crossing

  Berlin bans actors from impersonating US soldiers at iconic Cold War crossing Authorities in Berlin have banned a group of actors from wearing U.S. Army uniforms at Checkpoint Charlie, the famous Cold War-era crossing that divided the city and was heavily guarded by Soviet and American troops. © Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 09: A portrait of a U.S. soldier stands illuminated at former Checkpoint Charlie, where U.S. and Soviet tanks confronted each other in the early years of the Cold War on January 09, 2019 in Berlin, Germany. U.S. President Donald Trump, who recently announced that the U.S. will no longer play the role of global policeman and who has mocked the U.S.

In his speech , Pompeo called on Germany and other European states to take a tougher stance against Russia, China, and Iran, and reduce their energy He arrived in Germany on Wednesday for a three-day visit to take part in events marking the end of the Cold War and the 30th anniversary of the fall of

Pompeo ’s speech in Berlin is only the latest in a series of denunciations delivered by the US secretary of state and Vice President Mike Pence against Beijing . This crescendo of aggression has accompanied what was supposedly a truce in the year-and-a-half-old US-China trade war that was

In response Beijing slammed Pompeo's "baseless malicious attacks" on the Chinese government.

Some figures in the US have "attempted to build an ideological wall between Chinese and foreign enterprises," Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Monday at a regular press briefing.

Geng accused Pompeo of ignoring the interest of the American people to pursue personal political goals, and urged him to "abandon his ideological bias and outdated Cold War thinking".

Pompeo's visit to Berlin came as Germany prepared to mark three decades since November 9, 1989, when the Berlin Wall came down, ultimately culminating in the collapse of the communist regime in the east.

Pompeo said on Friday that the United States and its allies should "defend what was so hard-won... in 1989" and "recognise we are in a competition of values with unfree nations".

His Berlin speech was the latest in a string of hawkish remarks on China by the Secretary of State.

In October, Pompeo called Beijing "truly hostile" to the United States, and vowed to ramp up pressure on China on multiple fronts.

German intelligence agencies open new spy school in Berlin .
BERLIN (AP) — A room full of grey suits, strict instructions only to photograph the audience from behind and — of course — a medley of James Bond tunes to lighten the mood. Germany's intelligence agencies on Tuesday inaugurated a joint training center in the heart of Berlin, a city that was dubbed the 'capital of spies' during the Cold War and that to this day remains a hotspot of espionage. The heads of the foreign and domestic spy agencies officially opened the Center for Intelligence Service Training close to where the Berlin Wall once sliced the city in two, fulfilling German lawmakers' demands that they cut costs by merging their long-separate training facilities

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