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International relations

Xi and Trump to face off at virtual UN General Assembly

Japan's new PM Suga to make international debut as COVID pushes event online

U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping are expected to strike starkly different tones in remarks to the United Nations General Assembly. (Source photos by AP and Getty Images) 

TOKYO -- The opening of the United Nations General Assembly debate on Tuesday will be a quiet affair, as the pandemic has forced the annual gathering online.

But the 75th session comes as the world body faces perhaps its greatest confluence of challenges: a global health crisis that has caused a severe economic downturn, compounded by climate change and rising tensions between its two most powerful members, the U.S. and China.

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