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Secretary Pompeo criticizes China for spreading disinformation on coronavirus

Nikkei wrote that Secretary of State Pompeo accused China of spreading disinformation about the coronavirus pandemic during a telephone interview on Monday with media outlets from Japan, other Asian countries, Oceania, and the United States. The Secretary was quoted as saying that Iran, Russia, and China are spreading disinformation about the new coronavirus and trying to avoid responsibility. The paper wrote that the Secretary reportedly said it is important to share transparent data on the number of tests and infections as well as mortality rates. The Secretary expressed the view that the issue of disinformation spread by China and others has become a shared concern for major countries, reportedly saying that at a videoconference held by G7 foreign ministers on March 25 one of the European ministers said that rumors are spreading in Africa that the new coronavirus was generated somewhere in Europe. The paper wrote that Secretary Pompeo also talked about U.S.-China relations, including on trade, and criticized Beijing’s moves to restrict freedom of press by expelling reporters from U.S. media outlets. 


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