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US-China tensions

'China bill' calls for longer US government fellowships in Taiwan

Senate vote delayed as Republicans balk at huge price tag

The American Institute in Taiwan is the de facto embassy of the U.S. on the island.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK -- While the competition with China has been one of the few priorities boasting bipartisan support on Capitol Hill, some Republican lawmakers seem to have experienced sticker shock at the enormous funding required to implement the comprehensive legislation that promises to keep the U.S. a superpower.

The Senate agreed to delay a vote on the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act until at least early June, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Friday, after a heated session on the legislation Thursday and as opposing lawmakers demanded more time to submit amendments.

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