Speaking to reporters on a teleconference, Pompeo told YOU: “We (the United States and India) continue to talk about the bigger issues, the free and open Indo-Pacific, the challenge of China and trade ”.
Indicating that India and the United States were cooperating beyond Covid, he said significantly: “We are paying attention to supply chains. We want to link the supply chains to which both countries have access in areas important to our national security. ”
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There is a growing interest in reducing dependence on China from the United States, Japan and India. Japan has committed more than $ 2 billion to diversify from China.
Denying that the United States was a “scapegoat” for the WHO, he defended Trump’s decision to suspend funding for the World Health Organization, saying: “We demand that institutions with missions do so what they should be. WHO has not respected the values for which it was established. ”
Pompeo said that in his conversations with his counterparts around the world, there was general agreement that there were serious shortcomings at the World Health Organization (WHO), both in their regulatory assistance functions and humanitarian.
“We need data and we need facts,” said Pompeo, about the responsibility of China and WHO for the lack of information on the origin of the virus and details on how. China manages it.
In the days leading up to China’s admission to the scale of the epidemic, Pompeo said there were many trips from Wuhan to different parts of the world, many on hopping flights. This has brought the virus to the rest of the world. Iran and Italy were the first destinations for the virus that traveled from China.
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Responding to questions about visa requirements changed after the pandemic ended, Pompeo said some changes could be incorporated. “Right now, we are focusing on fighting the epidemic. We want to become an open world again. But we must also guarantee the health and life of our people. We are always thinking about how we will open our countries to travel. There are signs that countries may insist on Covid tests and health certificates after the reopening of international travel.
Is the United States giving up space to China in the wake of the coronavirus epidemic? Pompeo said, “The United States and other democracies in the world will fare better than the nations that depend on authoritarian power. These are the democracies where the people provide solutions. America will be on the front line. “