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Liz Truss to ramp up anti-China rhetoric as U.K.'s new PM

Analysts say she may be hampered by Britain's economic crisis

Liz Truss, the winner of the U.K. Conservative Party's leadership election, speaks at a hustings in London on Aug. 31.   © Reuters

LONDON -- U.K. Foreign Secretary Liz Truss won a ruling Conservative Party ballot to become the country's next prime minister, likely leading to a ramping up of anti-China rhetoric that will solidify years of rising tensions.

Truss beat former Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak in a poll of party members by 81,326 to 60,399, according to results announced on Monday. The 47-year-old will officially assume the role on Tuesday, with her Conservatives trailing the opposition Labour Party in opinion surveys ahead of a general election due by January 2025.

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