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International relations

Trump gears up for China nuclear threat by exiting Russia pact

Sino-American rivalry bleeds from trade to national security

A Russian cruise missile is moved into position. A U.S.-Russia nuclear treaty prohibits the countries from developing or deploying intermediate-range cruise missiles.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump is pulling the U.S. out of a landmark nuclear pact with Russia in a move that could not only revive tensions between the Cold War rivals, but also be intended as a jab against China's ambitions for greater economic and military influence.

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