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US-China tensions

US and China lock horns over Taiwan in first week of Biden era

State Department hints at arms sales, while carrier group enters South China Sea

The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill and guided-missile destroyer USS John Finn transit the Pacific Ocean on Jan. 15. The strike group entered the South China Sea on Saturday. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy) 

WASHINGTON/TAIPEI -- U.S.-China relations are off to a rough start in the Joe Biden era, as tensions over Taiwan hit high gear less than a week after the American president took office.

Both sides are eager to set the tone.

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