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China hopes for cooperation, better relations under Biden

US-China relations

China on Thursday expressed hope the Biden administration will improve prospects for people of both countries and give a boost to relations after an especially rocky patch, while getting in a few final digs at former Trump officials.

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How the Trump administration’s climate denial left its mark on the Arctic Council

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Trump aims to box in Biden abroad, but it may not work

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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk are shown walking on a airport tarmac with the Marine One helicopter behind them.

Trump, first lady positive for virus; he has ‘mild symptoms’

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US Embassy closure in Iraq would hand Tehran a ‘strategic victory,’ says former Iraqi amb to UN

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, right, and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis are shown both wearing dark blazers and bumping elbows.

Pompeo voices support for talks between Greece, Turkey

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed support Tuesday for talks between Greece and Turkey, NATO allies whose relations deteriorated to the point where both had warships facing off in the Mediterranean Sea.

US Ambassador to China Terry Branstad is shown wearing a tan suit and a purple tie while speaking into a small microphone.

US ambassador to China to step down next month

US-China relations

The US ambassador to China will step down early next month, ending a three-year tenure marked by a trade war and increasingly bitter relations between the world’s two largest economies.

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Confucius Institutes push back against Pompeo’s assertion they should close

US-China relations

The Trump administration has taken aim at Chinese cultural programs called Confucius Institutes housed within US universities. Administrators are caught in the middle, and some say academic freedom is at risk. 

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Trump bans dealings with Chinese owners of TikTok, WeChat

US-China relations

US President Donald Trump has ordered a sweeping but vague ban on dealings with the Chinese owners of popular social media apps TikTok and WeChat on security grounds, a move China’s government criticized as “political manipulation.”

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China orders US to close its Chengdu consulate; Turkey purging the Gülenists; Mexico City’s public square storytelling

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China has followed through on its promises of retaliation toward the US. Beijing on Friday ordered the US to close its consulate in Chengdu. And, the Gülenists, dubbed by Turkey as FETO, the Fethullahist Terror Organization, are being purged on a massive scale. Also, as the coronavirus lockdown forced people indoors, Percibald García, an architect, grabbed a microphone and portable speaker and began doing readings of children’s stories in an empty public square in Mexico City.