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Pompeo didn’t fly halfway around world to talk annexation, US officials say

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo did not fly “halfway around the world to talk about annexation,” senior US officials say.

The officials, speaking anonymously during a State Department briefing, says the issue was not “the top line in Pompeo’s talks” and the new government “has various strands… it’s going to take them a while to come together with what they’re going to do.”

They say the talks focused on other “major priorities” including the Iranian threat, which is “actually severe and getting worse on some fronts,” the coronavirus crisis and “how we can cooperate on the things we can do regionally together.”

Another central topic was and Washington’s concerns over Israel’s relationship with China.

During a press briefing on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit in Israel, the official said, “COVID sort of highlights the dangers of dealing with states that are not transparent, that don’t have fair trade practices, that really leverage and torque their trade to leverage certain things out of their trade partners.”

The officials say China’s strategic investment around the world is a major issue of concern.

“But in particular there’s the issue of strategic investment, that there is no such thing as a privately owned, independent company in China, right.” the official said.

“If you use Huawei, if you use any type of company that has access to your DNA, that DNA becomes property and that information becomes property of the Chinese Communist Party.”