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Biden to test allies with more coordinated approach to China

Washington likely to press friends for more help dealing with Beijing

Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and U.S. President Joe Biden. The new American leader is unlikely to soften up on China and Washington-Beijing tensions are expected to rise. (Source photos by Reuters and Getty Images) 

TOKYO -- U.S. President Joe Biden took office about two weeks ago amid concern in some quarters at home and abroad that the new administration will gradually go soft on China.

But the U.S. is unlikely to ease its tough stance on China, and tensions between the two countries are expected to rise. U.S. allies will likely be urged to work more closely with the Biden administration to cajole China into acting more responsibly on the world stage.

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