Pompeo spins anti-Chinese influence shpiel in Balkans visit

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Montenegro and North Macedonia on Friday and warned Balkan leaders of possible risks from Chinese investment in technology and big infrastructure projects, Reuters has reported.

“As I have done elsewhere in my travels in Europe, I also warned of the risks of Chinese investments in sensitive technologies and China’s bribe-heavy strategy to secure infrastructure deals,” Pompeo said in a statement after meeting North Macedonian top officials in the southern town of Ohrid.

“We want North Macedonia to succeed, not struggle with corruption and with debt.”

Pompeo began a short trip to two small Balkan countries, Montenegro and North Macedonia, on Friday to discuss their roles in the Western NATO alliance.

Pompeo is in Athens as of Friday evening. We will be reporting on this in more direct terms.