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Biden says China won't surpass U.S. as global leader on his watch

Biden says China won't surpass U.S. as global leader on his watch

By , , WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday said he would prevent China from passing the United States to become the most powerful country in the world, vowing to invest heavily to ensure America prevails in the race between the world’s two largest economies.Biden said he had spent “hours upon hours” with Xi Jinping when he served as vice president under former President Barack Obama, and was convinced the Chinese president believed autocracy - not democracy - held the key to the future.The Democratic president said he had made it clear to Xi that the United States...

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March 25, 2021
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'Tough' U.S.-China talks signal rocky start to relations under Biden

'Tough' U.S.-China talks signal rocky start to relations under Biden

By , , ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - U.S. and Chinese officials concluded on Friday what Washington called “tough and direct” talks in Alaska, which laid bare the depth of tensions between the world’s two largest economies at the outset of the Biden administration.The two days of meetings, the first high-level in-person talks since President Joe Biden took office, wrapped up after a rare and fiery kickoff on Thursday when the two sides publicly skewered each others’ policies in front of TV cameras.The talks appeared to yield no diplomatic breakthroughs - as expected - but the bitter rivalry...

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March 19, 2021
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'Tough' U.S.-China talks signal rocky start to relations under Biden

'Tough' U.S.-China talks signal rocky start to relations under Biden

By , , ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - U.S. and Chinese officials concluded on Friday what Washington called “tough and direct” talks in Alaska, which laid bare the depth of tensions between the world’s two largest economies at the outset of the Biden administration.The two days of meetings, the first high-level in-person talks since President Joe Biden took office, wrapped up after a rare and fiery kickoff on Thursday when the two sides publicly skewered each others’ policies in front of TV cameras.The talks appeared to yield no diplomatic breakthroughs - as expected - but the bitter rivalry...

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March 19, 2021
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U.S., Chinese diplomats clash in first high-level meeting of Biden administration

U.S., Chinese diplomats clash in first high-level meeting of Biden administration

By , , ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - The first high-level U.S.-China meeting of the Biden administration got off to a fiery start on Thursday, with both sides leveling sharp rebukes of the others’ policies in a rare public display that underscored the level of bilateral tension.The run-up to the talks in Anchorage, Alaska, which followed visits by U.S. officials to allies Japan and South Korea, was marked by a flurry of moves by Washington that showed it was taking a tough stance, and by blunt talk from Beijing.“We will ... discuss our deep concerns with actions by China, including in...

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March 18, 2021
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U.S., China spar with rare harsh public rebukes in first in-person talks of Biden presidency

U.S., China spar with rare harsh public rebukes in first in-person talks of Biden presidency

By , , ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - The United States and China leveled sharp rebukes of each others’ policies in the first high-level, in-person talks of the Biden administration on Thursday, with deeply strained relations of the two global rivals on rare public display during the meeting’s opening session in Alaska.The United States is looking for China to change its behavior if it wants to reset sour relations, but Beijing has said Washington is full of illusions if it thinks it will compromise.Sparring in an unusually extended back-and-forth in front of cameras, U.S. Secretary of State...

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March 18, 2021
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Bolstered by allies, Biden officials take blunt message to first China talks

Bolstered by allies, Biden officials take blunt message to first China talks

By , , WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) - The United States will take an uncompromising stance in talks with China on Thursday in Alaska, officials have said, in the first face-to-face meetings between senior officials from the two rivals since U.S. President Joe Biden took office.Beijing has called for a reset to ties, now at their lowest in decades, but Washington has said the Alaska talks will be a one-off, and any future engagement depends on China improving its behaviour.“We look forward to the opportunity to lay out in very clear terms to our Chinese counterparts some of the concerns that...

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March 17, 2021
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U.S., India, Japan and Australia counter China with billion-dose vaccine pact

U.S., India, Japan and Australia counter China with billion-dose vaccine pact

By , , WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and three of its closest Indo-Pacific partners committed to supplying up to a billion coronavirus vaccine doses across Asia by the end of 2022 at a summit on Friday carefully choreographed to counter China’s growing influence.President Joe Biden and the leaders of Australia, India and Japan - countries together known as the Quad - pledged at their first summit to work to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific and to cooperate on maritime, cyber and economic security, issues vital to the four democracies in the face of challenges from...

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March 12, 2021
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In summit with India, Japan and Australia, Biden says free Indo-Pacific 'essential'

In summit with India, Japan and Australia, Biden says free Indo-Pacific 'essential'

By , , WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden met leaders of Australia, India and Japan on Friday, a group central to his efforts to counter China’s growing military and economic power, and said a free and open Indo-Pacific region was crucial to all of them.The White House says the virtual meeting of the countries known as the Quad, the first at leader level, shows the importance Biden places on the Indo-Pacific region and that it will focus on tackling the coronavirus pandemic and the climate crisis, and on reviving economic growth.“A free and open Indo Pacific is essential to...

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March 12, 2021
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In China strategy, Biden to meet with leaders of Australia, India, Japan

In China strategy, Biden to meet with leaders of Australia, India, Japan

By , WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden will meet on Friday with the leaders of Australia, India and Japan, a group central to his efforts to counter China’s growing military and economic power.The White House said the virtual meeting of the countries known as the Quad would show the importance Biden placed on the Indo-Pacific region and focus on ways to fight the coronavirus, cooperate on economic growth and the climate crisis.India and Australia have emphasized the importance of regional security cooperation, which has been boosted by previous lower-level meetings of the four...

March 12, 2021
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U.S. lawmakers intensify bipartisan efforts to counter China

U.S. lawmakers intensify bipartisan efforts to counter China

By , WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan U.S. congressional push to counteract China picked up steam on Wednesday as a Senate committee overwhelmingly backed a bill pressing Beijing on human rights and economic competition and other lawmakers introduced a measure seeking billions for technology research.The Senate Foreign Relations Committee backed the “Strategic Competition Act of 2021” by 21-1, sending the bill for consideration by the 100-member Senate, even as committee members voiced a need to do even more to counteract Beijing.The committee added dozens of amendments to the bill. One...

April 21, 2021
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