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Blinken's Beijing challenge will be to reinforce 'guardrails'

Ground rules for U.S.-China strategic competition high on trip agenda

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Antony Blinken in Washington on Jan. 18: Blinken can ill-afford to bluster his way into Beijing.   © AP

Kurt Tong is managing partner at Washington-based strategic advisory firm The Asia Group. He previously served as the U.S. consul general in Hong Kong and Macao and other senior diplomatic roles.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken flies to Beijing on Sunday amid a maelstrom of contradictory diplomatic and political winds. The results of his visit will provide important clues to how the administration of President Joe Biden intends to navigate through the prevailing turbulence.

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