China said on Tuesday that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke “irresponsibly” in remarks he made criticizing Chinese economic cooperation during a visit to Costa Rica.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo looks on during a joint news conference with Costa Rica’s President Carlos Alvarado (not pictured) at Casa Presidencial in San Jose, Costa Rica January 21, 2020. Photo Juan Carlos Ulate

The Chinese embassy in Costa Rica said Pompeo’s comments that Chinese cooperation produces debt dependency and erosion of sovereignty were “arbitrary and without grounds.”

In Costa Rica, Pompeo said that the aid given by China erodes the sovereignty of countries.

In a statement, the Chinese Embassy says that the Pompeo comment is wrong, unfounded, unpopular and it generates discontent.

The Chinese advise Pompeo to concentrate on his own affairs and stop spreading false rumors about China.