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Explainer: What underlies US-China tensions ahead of crucial G20 meeting?

Updated : November 29, 2018 09:47 AM IST

After months of bitter bickering between their governments over trade and security that has raised questions about the very future of a complex but economically pivotal relationship, the two leaders took a step back from the edge with an ice-breaking telephone call early this month.
Washington wants Beijing to act to reduce a $375 billion trade surplus by opening its economy to foreign competition, increasing protection for US intellectual property, ending joint venture requirements that lead to technology transfers and cutting subsidies to state-owned industries.
Recent years have seen a steady uptick in tensions, punctuated by US naval and air patrols challenging China's extensive claims in the South China Sea and US warship movements through the highly sensitive Taiwan Strait.
Explainer: What underlies US-China tensions ahead of crucial G20 meeting?
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