The Secretary of State recommended that countries work with American companies.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recommended that the leaders of Suriname and Guyana choose American companies, warning of the risks of economic cooperation with China.
Pompeo became the first US Secretary of State to visit two small South American countries where the discovery of oil has generated sudden global interest.
At a meeting with recently elected Surinamese President Chan Santokhi in Paramaribo, Pompeo said it was an “exciting time” for the country’s economy and that the United States was “committed to cooperation.”
“No state-owned enterprise can surpass the quality of products and services provided by American private companies,” Pompeo said at a joint news conference.
“We have watched the Chinese Communist party invest in other countries. At first, it seems that everything is fine, but then everything collapses when the political consequences become obvious,” Pompeo said.
“Wherever I go, we do everything we can to make sure that everyone understands what they are getting into,” the Secretary of State concluded.
Later, Pompeo flew to neighboring Guyana, where he spoke in a similar vein.