Today, the West faces a number of threats, and nowhere is this more evident than in Central Europe. Indeed, Central Europe is one of the battlegrounds where several nations are attempting to increase their influence.
There is Russia, which uses energy monopolies, and dirty money and military and hybrid threats to cow its neighbors into a kind of vassalage. Russia has invaded two of its neighbors and grabbed their territory, said Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Wess Mitchell.
Chinese economic engagement, and thereby its ability to exert greater influence in the region, has increased significantly in central Europe in recent years.
And though they seem far away from Central Europe, Iran and radical extremism present very real threats to Europe and the West. They create misery and death for people in the Middle East. They spark mass migration on a scale not seen in recent history that radiates instability into the very heart of Western societies and politics, straining European cohesion, budgets, and social systems.
And no one understands better than do Central Europeans what happens when despotism triumphs over liberty.
This means that we must recognize these threats and take them seriously. That begins with strengthening our defense.
It means that the United States must work with our allies to find alternatives to Russian and Chinese energy options.
And it means that we must win the battle for hearts and minds.
The West is a community—a group of nations bound together by history and heritage and cultures, by shared sacrifice, and a common commitment to the cause of freedom, said Assistant Secretary Mitchell.
The West is a powerful, creative force that has shown resilience through history's darkest chapters. Our job today is to strengthen it; to strengthen ourselves from within, as nations, as Europeans and Americans, and as a Western alliance, so that our children may know the great blessings of peace and prosperity in their lifetimes that we have known in ours.
Let us go forward together in that united task.
1. Indeed, Central Europe is one of the battlegrounds where several nations are attempting to increase their influence.
attempt to do sth 企图做某事
They attempted to rationalize the new working method.
2. And though they seem far away from Central Europe, Iran and radical extremism present very real threats to Europe and the West.
far away from 远离
Like these men, my wife and I and my coworkers are all far away from anywhere we might call home.
其中一个国家就是俄罗斯：俄罗斯通过能源垄断、非法钱财、军事等威胁手段来让其多个邻国屈服于其淫威 。俄罗斯已经入侵了自己的2个邻国，并劫掠了这两个邻国的领土，负责欧亚事务的助理国务卿韦斯 米切尔(Wess Mitchell)如是说道 。
此外，虽然看似离中欧很远，但伊朗等极端势力对欧洲和西方国家造成了真实的威胁 。他们给中东人民带来了痛苦和死亡，引发了近年来不曾发生过的大规模移民浪潮，给西方国家和政治核心带来了不稳定，瓦解欧洲的凝聚力，导致欧洲国家经费减少，社会体制遭到破坏 。
鉴于此，我们必须认识到上述威胁的存在，并审慎对待 。首先，我们要加强防御能力 。
西方国家实力强大、具有创造力，他们经历的最灰暗的岁月彰显了他们的韧性 。如今，我们的使命就是增强实力和创造力，壮大各国的内在实力，壮大欧洲国家、美洲国家乃至整个西方联盟的实力 。只有这样，我们的后代才能跟我们一样享有和平和繁荣 。