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China will keep hard-line policy as Biden warns of steep competition

While maintaining close US ties, Japan must help region avoid violent conflict

China's President Xi Jinping, left, and U.S. President Joe Biden: If Sino-U.S relations deteriorate further, the world could see a new cold war. (Source photos by Reuters and Getty Images)

TOKYO -- Moves to punish China have gained steam in major countries of late. The U.S., Britain, Canada and the European Union announced sanctions on China this week for alleged human rights abuses against Uyghur Muslims. In Japan, a cross-party move is emerging to introduce a law to slap sanctions on China.

The strict U.S. stance on China is especially noticeable. At his first formal news conference Thursday, U.S. President Joe Biden revealed that he had warned Chinese President Xi Jinping of America's "steep competition" with China.

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