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Pompeo slams ‘predator’ China on Sri Lanka trip

COLOMBO: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called China’s Communist government a “predator” on Wednesday (Oct 28), during a trip to boost ties with Sri Lanka, which has received huge investment and diplomatic support from Beijing.

Pompeo made his latest attack on China after talks with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on security cooperation to keep open vital Indian Ocean sea lanes just south of Sri Lanka.

“A strong sovereign Sri Lanka is a powerful strategic partner for the United States on the world stage,” Pompeo told reporters as he wrapped up a 12-hour visit, the second stop on a four-nation tour.

Pompeo described how Washington has provided military training and recently gifted two coastguard vessels, contrasting its assistance with China.

Source : Channel News Asia

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