July 30, 2020 / 1:27 PM / 6 days ago

Pompeo says closed Chinese consulate in Houston was 'den of spies'

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testifies before Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington, DC, U.S. July 30, 2020. Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool via REUTERS

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday the “tide is turning” on China, citing international support for U.S. policies, including the step-up of maritime maneuvers by the U.S. and partners in the South China Sea.

Pompeo, testifying at a U.S. Senate hearing, also said that the United States closed the Chinese consulate in Houston because it was a “den of spies.”

Reporting by Patricia Zengerle and Daphne Psaledakis; editing by John Stonestreet

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