U.S.'s Pompeo to meet China's top diplomat in Hawaii seeking to ease tensions: media
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will meet China's top diplomat Yang Jiechi in Hawaii to ease tensions between the world's two largest economies on various issues, media reports.
Pompeo planned the trip "quietly" and the agreements were still pending, Politico said.
Pompeo has criticized China on a number of issues, from the origins of the coronavirus pandemic to its policies in Hong Kong to the treatment of its ethnic and religious minorities.
The U.S. Department of State and the Chinese embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to requests for comments.
Hong Kong's South China Morning Post newspaper quoted an unknown source as saying that Yang, a State Councilor and member of the Communist Party's Politburo, will represent the Chinese side of the meeting.
Relations between countries have worsened in recent months, and US President Donald Trump said he could even break ties.
Pompeo said last month that China could have prevented the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people around the world by being more transparent about the corona virus, and accused it of refusing to disclose information.
He also said that Chinese plans to impose national security laws on Hong Kong would be the "deathblow" to the autonomy of the former British colony.
(Reporting by Mohammad Zargham, additional reporting by Winni Zhou and Andrew Galbraith; editing by Sonya Hepinstall and Kim Coghill)
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