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China's response was muted, with the official Xinhua news agency simply noting Tsai's resignation "to take responsibility for the party's performance in Taiwan's local elections."
From the column: "It is easier to bend the data about disaster frequency than to bend death statistics. Death tolls tell a very clear story: People are safer from climate-related disasters than ever
Chinese military weapons are considered to be inferior in performance to U.S. weapons at present, with an added lack of actual combat experience.
China's ambassador had warned shortly before the vote that the motion would create a "dangerous shortcut" for examining other countries' human rights records.
From the column: "China, for its part, also does not want to exacerbate the already fragile China-U.S. relations. Instead of saber-rattling at the U.S., China opted to hold a few days of live
Biden's plan to unveil a package to spur recovery in Latin America, help stem immigration and counter China's growing regional economic clout has been marred by Washington's decision to exclude

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The issue of Taiwan loomed over a meeting in Tokyo of leaders of the Quad grouping of the United States, Japan, Australia and India, who stressed their determination to ensure a free and open
Tourism-dependent Sri Lanka, where India and China jostle for influence, is facing a dire shortage of foreign exchange, fuel and medicines, and economic activity has slowed to a crawl.
In the 21st-century economy, rare earth minerals are crucial for powering advanced electronics.

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