China’s Diplomatic Dance Comes Amid Plans for War

BEIJING, CHINA – MAY 27: A People’s Liberation Army soldier stands guard in Tiananmen Square before the closing session of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference on May 27, 2020 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Andrea Verdelli/Getty Images)

CIPHER BRIEF REPORTING — China’s newest U.S. ambassador took up his post Tuesday, less than four months after criticizing President Joe Biden’s “indiscriminate use of force” in shooting down a Chinese surveillance balloon that floated across the United States.

Now, the balancing act begins.

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