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Aggressive Chinese criticism of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, right, appears to reflect a defensive effort to protect President Xi Jinping, left. (Nikkei Montage/Source photo by Reuters and Xinhua/Kyodo)
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KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

TOKYO -- China's state media has raised the volume on its criticism of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, accusing him of spewing poison, spreading lies and turning his back on humanity for his comments about the coronavirus pandemic.

State broadcaster China Central Television and the Communist Party flagship newspaper People's Daily have taken turns throwing punches at the top American diplomat.

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