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Since taking office, President Donald Trump has steadily ramped up an offensive on Beijing, taking aim at Chinese tech firms – including telecom giant Huawei and app makers ByteDance and Tencent – while repeatedly pinning blame on the country for the coronavirus pandemic. US military operations in the South and East China Seas, meanwhile, have spiked in recent months, with one incident in late August seeing a US spy plane flying into a closed military zone as the Chinese navy conducted live fire drills, which Beijing slammed as a dangerous “provocation” that could have led to “accidents.”
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