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Biden's Asia policy

US and China start Alaska meeting with blunt words

Blinken raises Xinjiang, Hong Kong, Taiwan and cyber in opening remarks

The Chinese delegation led by Yang Jiechi and Wang Yi speak with their U.S. counterparts at the opening session of U.S.-China talks at the Captain Cook Hotel in Anchorage, Alaska on March 18.    © Reuters

NEW YORK -- The first high-level U.S.-China meeting during President Joe Biden's presidency kicked off in Anchorage, Alaska, on Thursday, with both sides trading barbs from the outset.

The icy venue is far from the only indicator that relations between the world's two largest economies are unlikely to thaw anytime soon.

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