KEY POINTS
  • U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met China's top diplomat Yang Jiechi on Wednesday and discussed the need for full transparency and information sharing between the two nations to combat the coronavirus pandemic and prevent future outbreaks.
  • Pompeo also discussed the need for fully reciprocal dealings in commercial, security, and diplomatic interactions, the U.S. State Department said in an emailed statement.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Chinese politburo member Yang Jiechi shake hands following a press conference with during the US-China Diplomatic and Security Dialogue in the Benjamin Franklin Room of the State Department in Washington, DC on November 9, 2018.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met China's top diplomat, Yang Jiechi, in Hawaii on Wednesday in what Beijing described as a "constructive dialogue," amid a deep deterioration of ties between strategic rivals that are the world's two top economies.

The countries have been at loggerheads over the handling of the coronavirus pandemic and China's move to impose new security legislation on Hong Kong, among the latest flare-ups in years of escalating tensions.