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Pompeo Tells Germany to Tackle China or Lose Data Sharing

  • U.S. won’t allow data to flow across ‘untrustworthy’ networks
  • U.S. Secretary of State has talks with Merkel, Maas in Berlin
Mike Pompeo and Angela Merkel arrive to deliver a statement ahead of a meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin on May 31.

Mike Pompeo and Angela Merkel arrive to deliver a statement ahead of a meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin on May 31.

Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo reiterated a threat to withhold information from allies if it is transmitted across networks America considers untrustworthy and there is a danger sensitive data will end up in Chinese hands.

Speaking in Berlin Friday, Pompeo urged Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government to “lead in taking action against Chinese corruption, espionage and unfair trade practices” and said the U.S. may have to change its “behavior” regarding intelligence sharing.