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US-China tensions

US urges think tanks to disclose foreign funding

Pompeo throws punch at China and Russia, but Japan and Taiwan are bigger donors

Yi Gang, then deputy governor of the People's Bank of China, speaks at a 2016 event held by the Brookings Institution in Washington about China and the world economy. (Photo courtesy of the Brookings Institution/Steven Purcell)

NEW YORK -- The U.S. State Department wants think tanks to disclose any funding from foreign governments "prominently on their websites" if they wish to engage with the agency, ostensibly in an effort to counter influence from China and Russia.

The department's staff will "be mindful of whether disclosure has been made and of specific funding sources that are disclosed when determining whether and how to engage," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement Tuesday.

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