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Pompeo urges China to be fully transparent on coronavirus

Secretary conveys message to top diplomat Yang Jiechi in phone call

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listens to China's top diplomat Yang Jiechi speak at a joint news conference at the U.S. Department of State in Washington in November 2018.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday pressed China's top diplomat on the need for full transparency and information sharing as Washington ramped up its pressure on Beijing over the coronavirus outbreak.

Tensions have increased again between the world's top two economies over the global pandemic, which has now infected more than 2 million people, as President Donald Trump has pulled U.S. funding for the World Health Organization (WHO), accusing it of being "China-centric."

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