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US-China tensions

China's 'influence operations' in US target local politics: Pompeo

Secretary of state gives politically charged speech in swing state of Wisconsin

NEW YORK -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned state politicians on Wednesday to be wary of China's "influence operations" in colleges, think tanks and even local governments deep within the rural United States, in what experts say was a politically motivated move.

The top U.S. diplomat, and one of the most vocal critics of China in the Trump administration, chose an unlikely venue for a foreign policy speech, the capitol building in the U.S. swing state of Wisconsin, in front of an audience of state-level legislators.

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