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Trump's Gunboats Test Xi's Red Lines as China Talks Grind On

  • U.S. escalates challenges on Taiwan, human rights, sea claims
  • Tensions simmer before trade delegation arrives in Beijing
Bloomberg business news
Trade talks between U.S. and Chinese officials are set to resume in Beijing. Bloomberg’s Tom Mackenzie reports.(Source: Bloomberg)
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Even as the U.S. and China near a deal on trade, the Trump administration is becoming increasingly assertive in challenging Beijing on its geopolitical red lines.

Since Sunday alone, the U.S. has sailed a warship through the Taiwan Strait, released a report criticizing travel restrictions in Tibet and hosted Uighur exiles at the State Department. The moves -- all of them defying China’s warnings against meddling in what it views as its internal affairs -- came ahead the arrival of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in Beijing for trade talks.