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British PM hopefuls bet China-bashing will pave way to Downing Street

Candidates Rishi Sunak (left) and Liz Truss take part in a televised debate on July 25, 2022. PHOTO: REUTERS
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LONDON - When the battle over who will become Britain's new prime minister was unleashed inside the country's ruling Conservative Party, nobody predicted that foreign policy would be a major subject of debate.

Almost everyone assumed that the race between current Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and former finance minister Rishi Sunak would be decided entirely by the two candidates' pledges on how to revive the country's ailing economy and tame inflation, which is now at a 40-year high.

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