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Biden will inherit strong levarage over Beijing than before, courtsey Trump

Biden will be sworn in as president after Trump's administration spent years ramping up pressure on China, including levying tariffs on $370 billion in imports

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Though Biden and Xi have known each other for more than a decade, the U.S.-China relationship has changed markedly since the president-elect was last in the White House in early 2017. (Bloomberg)

Peter Martin and Saleha Mohsin | Bloomberg
Joe Biden will take office next month wielding more leverage over Beijing than he would have ever sought. He can thank Donald Trump and Xi Jinping for that.

Biden will be sworn in as president after Trump’s administration spent years ramping up pressure on China, including levying tariffs on $370 billion in imports, getting Canada to place a Chinese executive for Huawei Technologies Co. under house arrest, threatening access to U.S. capital markets and blaming the Communist Party for the scale of the Covid-19 outbreak.

President Trump’s pressure campaign continued last week, as the administration blacklisted more than 60 Chinese companies, limiting

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First Published: Dec 21 2020 | 8:42 AM IST

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