China hits back as Pompeo accuses Beijing of wasting ‘valuable days’ to tackle COVID-19

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Chinese and US flags flutter near The Bund in Shanghai, China, July 30, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song/Files WASHINGTON: The United States and China on Friday took their growing clash over the coronavirus pandemic to social media, with Beijing telling Secretary of State Mike Pompeo he was “lying through (his) teeth.” In an interview on Fox News, Pompeo said Beijing “wasted valuable days” after identifying the novel coronavirus by letting “hundreds of thousands” leave the epicenter of Wuhan to places including Italy, which has surpassed China as the country with the highest death toll.

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