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1st US-China Summit for Biden
« on: March 19, 2021, 12:43:33 PM »
'More than words': Democrats, Republicans hope Biden will take a harder line on China as summit begins

“We inherited a very challenging situation from not just the previous administration, but going back a long way,” one Biden official said.

March 18, 2021, 2:01 AM PDT
By Carol E. Lee, Dan De Luce and Ken Dilanian

WASHINGTON — As the Biden administration holds its highest-level meetings with China since taking office, it enjoys broad bipartisan support for taking a tough stance toward Beijing but also faces skepticism about whether the talks will bring real policy changes.

President Joe Biden, whom Chinese President Xi Jinping has called an "old friend," finds himself at a crossroads in U.S. policy as top officials gather in Alaska for a two-day summit. American public opinion is overwhelmingly supportive of a confrontational posture toward China. And both Democrats and Republicans now describe China as a dire threat, pushing legislation to impose more sanctions on Beijing over human rights abuses and protect U.S. companies against China's trade practices.

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During a visit to Japan, Blinken warned against "coercion and aggression" by Beijing and vowed that the U.S. would "push back if necessary." Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, who joined Blinken for talks with Japanese counterparts in Tokyo, cited China's "destabilizing actions" in the East and South China seas.

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