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U.S.-China Ties Are Tanking Just When They Need to Get Along

  • Expulsion of American journalists take relationship to new low
  • Chinese official warns that ‘new Cold War is indeed unfolding’
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China Guts U.S. Press Corps in Beijing With Mass Expulsions
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The unfolding coronavirus pandemic could’ve been a moment for the U.S. and China to tackle a shared challenge. Instead, it appears to only be accelerating a long-anticipated separation.

China struck the latest blow Wednesday with the unprecedented expulsion of more than a dozen American journalists covering Beijing for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post. The provocation comes as part of a tit-for-tat exchange in which the governments of both President Donald Trump and China’s Xi Jinping seek to deflect blame for how they’ve handled the outbreak.