Correction: An earlier version of this post mistakenly identified Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District in the headline as Iowa’s nonexistent 6th Congressional District. We regret the error.
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The initial meeting between Biden administration and Chinese diplomats turned contentious yesterday, with the Chinese officials accusing the U.S. of “condescension” and hypocrisy in leveling accusations of human rights abuses and anti-democratic behavior against the CCP.