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Biden shifts China policy toward deterrence

Bid to counter Beijing's narrative of U.S. decline

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Joe Biden meets virtually with Xi Jinping from the Roosevelt Room of the White House on Nov. 15: Biden has accepted Trump's diagnosis but not the prescription of dealing with China's strategic threat.   © AP

Lionel Barber is former editor of the Financial Times. He is author of "The Powerful and the Damned: Private Diaries in Turbulent Times."

Nothing is guaranteed to produce a more visceral reaction among Biden administration officials than China's official narrative that the U.S. is enfeebled and on the path to decline.

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