Trump’s anti-China rhetoric aimed at boosting US leverage

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DEB RIECHMANN and ZEKE MILLER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is making ever louder pronouncements casting blame on China for the COVID-19 pandemic, aiming to sidestep domestic criticism of the president's own response, tarnish China's global reputation and give the U.S. leverage on trade and other aspects of U.S.-China competition. President Donald Trump has vowed to penalize China for what U.S. officials have increasingly described as a pattern of deceit that denied the world precious time to prepare for the pandemic. The opening salvo isn't in the form of tariffs or sanctions, but in a one-sided accounting of China's behavior that could yank the Chinese lower on the global reputation meter. The State Department, the Department of Homeland Security and
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