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Pompeo to visit Japan, South Korea and Mongolia next week

Trip to East Asia planned amid frosty ties with China

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wears a protective face mask on Sept. 29.    © Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to Japan, Mongolia and South Korea next week, the State Department announced on Tuesday, a crucial visit to solidify ties with the regional allies at a time when Washington's relationship with China remains fraught.

The visit is scheduled to take place Oct. 4 to 8 and will be Pompeo's first time in East Asia since his trip to Thailand in July 2019. After flying to Japan, he will visit Mongolia on Oct. 6 and South Korea on Oct. 7 and 8, the State Department said.

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