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Pompeo blasts China over coronavirus 'disinformation'

Secretary of state criticizes efforts to sow 'confusion' over virus origin

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said "disinformation campaigns" marred global efforts to find a solution to the coronavirus crisis.     © Reuters

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday accused China of spreading disinformation about the coronavirus pandemic and urged transparent sharing of crucial data on case numbers and mortality rates.

"We've seen [disinformation campaigns] not only from Iran and Russia, but from China and others as well," Pompeo said, which aim to "avoid responsibility and try and place confusion in the world, confusion about where the virus began."

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