As the 2019 World Economic Forum gets underway in Davos, Switzerland, notably absent is the U.S. delegation, last year headed up by President Donald Trump. Today, in a live video conference, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo addressed the forum from Washington D.C. as the government shutdown–now at 31 days–precluded him from travel.
Early in his remarks, Secretary Pompeo reminded the audience of global and economic leaders of the “new winds blowing across the world” and offered an optimistic view for the future. Pompeo would go on to promote strong borders in the name of national security for all countries yet champion sturdy international alliances–seemingly dismissing and embracing globalism simultaneously.
Secretary Pompeo quickly listed Iran, North Korea, and China as the new and old threats that endanger security around the world. Pompeo devoted extra time to articulate the role of totalitarian China and its belligerence toward neighbors in Asia as one of the prominent threats.
When pressed during the Q&A about Chinese-American relations by World Economic Forum President Børge Brende, Secretary Pompeo indicated that war drums weren’t beating between China and the U.S., and insisted on cooperation between the two nations. Pompeo stipulated that China tolerate U.S. freedom of navigation operation practices in the disputed South China Seas.