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Biden is tougher on China and nicer to Russia than Trump

White House will focus on increasingly contentious relationship with Beijing

| U.S.
Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin attend a meeting at Villa La Grange in Geneva on June 16: when Putin sat down with Biden in Geneva, Biden kept things cordial.   © Reuters

Ian Bremmer is the president of Eurasia Group and GZERO Media and author of "Us vs. Them: The Failure of Globalism."

The conventional wisdom in the United States was that President Donald Trump was extremely tough on China but suspiciously soft on Russia. Critics charged that his tariff war with China was aggressive to the point of self-defeating. Some also claimed that Trump lived in Russian President Vladimir Putin's pocket, for reasons unknown.

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