24 July 2024
Munich Security Conference: Arguments and rifts 4

Munich Security Conference: Arguments and rifts 4

The Munich Security Conference (February 15 to 17) in Germany witnessed heated arguments between the US and China, and even with its traditional ally.

The Munich Security Conference (February 15 to 17) in Germany witnessed heated arguments between the US and China, and even with its traditional ally.

The issue of Huawei and the East Sea was the focus of confrontation in the speeches of US Vice President Mike Pence and Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi on February 16.

Mr. Pence emphasized that the US has made it very clear to its security partners about the threat from Huawei and other Chinese telecommunications companies.

Speaking right after Mr. Pence, Mr. Duong affirmed that China does not pursue `technological hegemony`.

At the Q&A session that followed, Mr. Duong added that Huawei is cooperating closely with European countries in the fourth industrial revolution.

US Vice President Mike Pence shakes hands with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Munich Security Conference Photo: REUTERS

The above `fight` took place just one day after senior officials from both sides ended the latest round of trade negotiations in Beijing.

In addition, Mr. Duong said Beijing wants to strengthen cooperation with Washington, but he also expressed his opposition to US protectionism and dissatisfaction with US freedom of navigation activities in the East Sea.

Also at the conference, the US and European countries expressed clearly different views on issues from Middle East security to trade, deepening the transatlantic rift in the era of President Donald Trump.

The German female leader’s speech, with many criticisms against US foreign policy, received long applause.

Meanwhile, Mr. Pence defended America’s global leadership role, asserting that NATO member countries have increased defense spending thanks to President Trump’s urging.

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