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Divided U.S. gives China and Russia an opening in turbulent times

Washington gazes further inward after close midterms fracture government

Supporters of former U.S. President Donald Trump gather for a preelection rally in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, on Nov. 5.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON -- Despite expectations of a crushing loss at the midterm congressional elections, U.S. President Joe Biden's Democratic Party retained control of the Senate even as it lost the House to the Republicans.

The race highlighted the country's enduring partisan divide and inward turn -- a major challenge for the Biden administration as it prepares for the next presidential election in 2024, as well as for a global order that depends on a robust American democracy.

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