Talk of a US-Taiwan trade deal has provoked Beijing's ire. China sees democratic Taiwan as part of its territory and comes out strongly against other countries treating the island as an independent nation.
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Beijing has accused the G7 leaders of interference after they denounced China's rights record and called for a new probe into the origins of COVID-19.
US President Joe Biden was seeking to garner the EU's support in countering perceived threats from Russia and China. Some progress was made on trade tensions dating back even beyond his predecessor.
It's been five years since the UK voted to leave the EU. The vote appalled those who saw it as economic self-sabotage. But those in favor of leaving were not swayed by economic arguments — and likely still aren't today.
A team of bipartisan US senators has arrived in Taiwan, and is expected to meet President Tsai Ing-wen later. The US will give 750,000 doses of COVID vaccines to the island, they said.
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