FOCUS: Republican-led House to stay U.S. tough on China, aligned with Japan

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U.S. President Joe Biden is expected to remain focused on efforts to counter China’s rise despite the Republican Party’s retaking of the House of Representatives in the Nov. 8 midterm elections, given the rare bipartisan support for taking on Beijing. Fears of a possible Chinese invasion of Taiwan could also see both parties giving greater weight to Washington’s alliances in the Indo-Pacific, a development that would come as a relief to countries such as Japan, which faced immense pressure to pay more for its defense under former Republican President Donald Trump’s “America First” policy. But …

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