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International relations

Pence hits hard at China at critical juncture in trade

US vice president sides with Hong Kong protesters and slams Nike and NBA

NEW YORK -- U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday struck a hawkish tone on Beijing in a key speech on the administration's China policy, accusing it of behavior that is "more aggressive and destabilizing."

In a much-anticipated address for the Wilson Center think tank in Washington, Pence delivered an across-the-board broadside against China. The harsh tone came despite the recent deescalation in trade tensions between the two countries.

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