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Biden’s State of the Union speech highlights US confidence in competition with China

US President Joe Biden's fiery comments during his State of the Union address were followed by the chamber’s chants of “USA, USA” shortly afterward. PHOTO: AFP
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WASHINGTON - US President Joe Biden stuck mostly to script during his State of the Union address when it came to China, with one key exception: When he said autocracies had grown weaker, and that no one envied Chinese President Xi Jinping’s position.

“Name me a world leader who’d change places with Xi Jinping,” Mr Biden shouted, punctuating his point with two jabs of his finger. “Name me one. Name me one!”

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