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Trade war

Trump and Congress up pressure on China with Asian-security law

American lawmakers seek united front on trade talks as March deadline looms

The just-signed law says it is U.S. policy to conduct regular freedom-of-navigation exercises in the South China Sea and other Indo-Pacific waters.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON -- A wide-ranging new Asian-security law to counter growing Chinese military power in the region is intended to keep the U.S. Congress and the Trump administration unified in maintaining pressure on the mainland amid ongoing trade talks.

President Donald Trump signed into law on Monday the Asia Reassurance Initiative Act, which seeks to bolster comprehensive American cooperation with Asian countries and includes measures that appear directed squarely at China.

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