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Chinese Protests Pressure Xi to Ease Lockdowns: Political Focus

Chinese protesters held demonstrations following a deadly fire that some people blamed on the government’s Covid Zero restrictions, sending a defiant message to Xi Jinping just weeks after he secured a third term as president. 

In the US, President Joe Biden said he wouldn’t apologize for a new climate and tax law that European leaders say unfairly subsidizes American companies, even as he then hosted a state dinner for his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron.