If Beijing went into its talks with the US in Anchorage, Alaska, seeking a reset in their relationship after years of fraught ties and a bruising trade war under the Trump administration, the hard line adopted by Biden administration officials in the opening minutes of their meeting quickly made it clear that was not going to happen.
There was remarkable continuity in the Trump administration's hardline approach to China in the envoys' first face-to-face meeting since President Joe Biden took office in January.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 20, 2021, with the headline 'Contentious tone sets stage as US, China stake out positions on way forward'. Subscribe
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