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The war of words between China and the US has intensified in recent months, with both diplomatic and trade relations negatively affected as a result.
The two countries stepped up their bold rhetoric this week as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a five-leg visit across East Asia, drumming up support against Beijing’s growing influence in the region.
Pompeo has been vocal in his criticism of China whilst on his Asian tour. He labeled Beijing a “predator” on Wednesday, a reference to China’s use of ‘Debt Diplomacy’. In turn, Beijing urged Pompeo to abandon his “Cold War mentality” and “zero-sum mindset.”
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