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Xi Jinping is taking advantage of Biden's soft touch

Assurances to China contrast with call for Russian regime change

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Joe Biden shakes hands with Xi Jinping in Bali on Nov. 14: The U.S. president assured his counterpart that Washington is "not looking for conflict" with Beijing.   © Reuters

Brahma Chellaney is professor emeritus of strategic studies at the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi and a former adviser to India's National Security Council. He is the author of nine books, including "Water: Asia's New Battleground."

The new export curbs U.S. President Joe Biden recently imposed on the Chinese chip industry to help slow Beijing's technological and military advances have obscured his administration's relatively conciliatory stance since taking office.

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