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Coronavirus pandemic pushes US and China into new Cold War

Ideological difference provides new edge to already frayed relations

Ideological differences between the U.S. and China have opened up amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Nikkei montage/AP)

TOKYO -- While the U.S.-China relationship has become more toxic than ever since their dramatic rapprochement in the 1970s, the two have so far managed to avert a bigger blowup but the coronavirus pandemic has exposed the possibility for a further deterioration in ties.

Some had last year referred to increasingly frosty U.S.-China ties as a new Cold War, but that is an inaccurate description.

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