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International relations

China avoids repeat of Alaska clash with US at G-20

Blinken and Wang skip one-on-one while Beijing courts Russia

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, second from left, sparred with top U.S. officials at a March meeting in Alaska.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON/BEIJING -- The top U.S. diplomat and the Chinese foreign minister will not meet one on one alongside the Group of 20 meeting in Italy, a decision that marks a stark contrast to the Sino-Russia relationship that Beijing highlighted Monday.

China's Wang Yi is set to attend the G-20 gathering virtually on Tuesday rather than in person, stymieing what had been seen as an opportunity for the U.S. President Joe Biden's administration to set the stage for Biden's first meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G-20 summit in late October.

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