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A large video screen shows a government news report about the inauguration of Biden, in Beijing A large video screen shows a government news report about the inauguration of President Joe Biden at a shopping mall in Beijing, Jan. 21, 2021 (AP photo by Mark Schiefelbein).

China Turns the Page on the Trump Era

, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021

Editor’s Note: Every Wednesday, WPR contributor Rachel Cheung and Assistant Editor Benjamin Wilhelm curate the week’s top news and expert analysis on China. Subscribers can adjust their newsletter settings to receive China Note by email every week.

Beijing timed its parting shot perfectly, not wasting a second to serve its revenge on the outgoing Trump administration, with which it had sparred for the past four years. Less than five minutes after Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on Jan. 20, China’s Foreign Ministry announced sanctions targeting 28 members of Donald Trump’s Cabinet and White House staff, as well as other outgoing officials. Accusing them of having “seriously violated China’s sovereignty,” the Chinese government barred them and their family members from entering the country and doing business with Chinese entities. ...

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