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U.S. ties with Russia, China sink as Biden toes tough lines

Joe Biden, Vladimir Putin
Posted at 11:27 PM, Mar 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-21 01:29:19-04

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. relations with its two biggest geo-political rivals are facing severe tests as President Joe Biden tries to assert America's place in the world and distinguish himself from his predecessor.

Airing myriad complaints, the Biden administration took an extraordinarily tough line with China and Russia this past week.

Public spats between the countries erupted as Biden characterized Russian President Vladimir Putin as a "killer” and his top national security aides excoriated China for a litany of issues.

Moscow and Beijing both fired back, setting the stage for months, if not more, of escalating tensions.