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International relations

China rises as the US stumbles

Trump's chaotic presidency a godsend to Beijing's global ambitions

| China

If the 21st century hinges on a contest between the United States, the world's reigning superpower, and China, its rapidly emerging rival, then it is reasonably clear which side is gaining the upper hand.

The early months of U.S. President Donald Trump's administration has seen the White House convulsed by a never-ending series of upheavals, some triggered by genuine scandals, others the result of sheer incompetence.

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