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Blinken and Austin's heavy lifting: Takeaways from Indo-Pacific tour

Verbal combat with China dominated news, but the Americans also squeezed some diplomacy in

U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, right, and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin participate in a joint news conference with their South Korean counterparts in Seoul on March 18. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Department of State)

NEW YORK -- When meeting with top Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and national security adviser Jake Sullivan did not expect to make the headlines that all diplomats fear coming from an official engagement: "barbs," "chaos," "war of words," and, as some on social media called these particular talks in Alaska, "Rage in Anchorage."

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