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US-China tensions

China bill boosts US diplomatic, military presence in Indo-Pacific

Senate committee adds diplomatic boycott of Beijing Games to sweeping legislation

Top American and Chinese diplomats had a testy meeting in Alaska last month amid increasingly heated competition between the two sides.   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- Democrats and Republicans may still squabble over the nitty-gritty, but on the urgency to have a comprehensive U.S. strategy to counter Chinese influence globally including on American soil, the two parties are in consensus.

On Wednesday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved the Strategic Competition Act of 2021 -- a sweeping bipartisan legislation laying out a strategic approach toward Beijing -- by a vote of 21 to 1. The bill now is set for a vote by the full Senate.

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