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US attacks China's Communist Party as pandemic clash boils over

Pompeo says global cost of Beijing's virus response outweighs any contributions

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to the media at the State Department in Washington on May 20.    © Reuters

NEW YORK -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo verbally pummeled China's leadership as "ideologically and politically hostile" a day after the two countries engaged in a heated exchange of words right up to the end of the World Health Organization's annual meeting.

"I want to begin today with a few observations on China," Pompeo said Wednesday, appearing at the State Department press briefing room. "The media's focus on the current pandemic risks missing the bigger picture of the challenge that's presented by the Chinese Communist Party," he said.

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