China, climate, Russia to dominate Pompeo Europe tour

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is energizing its campaign to counter China’s growing global influence as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo heads to Europe this week on a four-nation trip. The trip will also highlight disputes with Russia as well as deep U.S. isolation on the cause and impact of climate change.

U.S. officials say Pompeo will renew warnings over the use of advanced Chinese telecommunications technology as well as blunt Beijing’s aspirations to play a significant role in the Arctic. He departs Sunday, just hours after President Donald Trump threatened to boost tariffs on Chinese imports.

Pompeo also plans to make Moscow’s support for Venezuela’s embattled President Nicolas Maduro a major theme of talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday in Finland.

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