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U.S. waging psychological warfare against China  

Nikkei took up the upcoming talks in Anchorage between top U.S. and Chinese officials, saying that the U.S. side appears to be waging psychological warfare in a bid to apply pressure on Beijing. The paper wrote that Secretary of State Blinken’s decision not to travel to Beijing during his ongoing East Asian tour, the administration’s dismissal of China’s description of the Alaska meeting as a strategic dialogue, President Biden’s hosting of the Quad leaders’ summit immediately after the conclusion of China’s National People’s Congress, the latest U.S.-Japan security consultative committee session in Tokyo, the criticism of China by name in four separate places in the 2+2 joint statement, and the President’s invitation for Prime Minister Suga to visit the U.S. after the U.S.-China meeting in Alaska all constitute indirect pressure on China. The daily said taking a hard line toward Beijing will also help the U.S. and Japanese leaders shore up their political bases at home, explaining that it has been difficult for President Biden to reject former President Trump’s anti-China stance outright and that Suga has been criticized by certain LDP elements for not being as tough on China as former Prime Minister Abe was. The paper added that although China was displeased that Secretary Blinken opted not to travel to Beijing this time, the fact that the U.S. agreed to hold a meeting in Alaska showed that Washington now recognizes the “arrival of the G2 era.” 

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