US’s Pompeo plans to meet Chinese officials in Hawaii

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WASHINGTON – US Secretary of State Mike is planning to travel to to with government officials, Politico reported on Friday (June 12), citing two unnamed sources.

Pompeo, who has been vocal in criticising China on a range of issues from the origins of the coronavirus pandemic to its Hong Kong policy to the treatment of its ethnic and religious minorities, was planning the trip “quietly” and the arrangements were not finalised, Politico said.

The US State Department and the Chinese embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Relations between the world’s two biggest economies have deteriorated in recent months, and US President Donald Trump has said he could even sever relations.

Pompeo said last week that China could have prevented the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people around the world by being more transparent about the coronavirus and accused it of refusing to share information.

He said last month Chinese to impose national security laws on Hong Kong would be the “death knell” for the former British colony’s autonomy.

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