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The great power race between the US and China is on. And Beijing is confident of winning

April 30, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 28: U.S. President Joe Biden addresses a joint session of Congress as Vice President Kamala Harris (L) and Speaker of the House U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) (R) look on in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol April 28, 2021 in Washington, DC. On the eve of his 100th day in office, Biden spoke about his plan to revive America???s economy and health as it continues to recover from a devastating pandemic. He delivered his speech before 200 invited lawmakers and other government officials instead of the normal 1600 guests because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Melina Mara-Pool/Getty Images)

When US President Joe Biden urged Americans to "win the 21st century" in his joint address to Congress, he painted a picture of a new great power competition with China and repeatedly name checked its leader, Xi Jinping.

The Chinese Communist Party has in recent years grown increasingly confident that China is on an ascendent trajectory and will one day surpass its Western rivals.

Despite his tough rhetoric on China, many Chinese nationalists hold the view that by withdrawing the US from global leadership and sowing political and social divisions at home, Trump gave China an opportunity to assert greater leadership in the world.

Officially, Beijing has repeatedly said China focuses on its own development and is not interested in promoting its political system or development model.

In his own address to senior Chinese officials in January, Xi said China now held the advantage.

The coronavirus crisis in India continues to worsen, with funeral pyres burning throughout the night. Facing a backlash, a spokesperson for India's ruling BJP said "responsibility is first and foremost ours. "A global shortage of computer chips is going from bad to worse. Japanese airline ANA is trialing hands-free bathroom doors. Taiwan's Coast Guard is launching a new flagship to handle Chinese fishing and sand-dredging ships, which Taiwan says operate illegally in its waters. Meanwhile in China, 100 people gathered at a hotel in Sanya, in southern Hainan province, to break the Guinness World Record for largest underwater mermaid show.

Instead, it was eschewed in China for its westernized flair and unfaithful retelling of the original legend; and abroad, Disney was scorched for publicly thanking a Chinese government agency accused of human rights abuses in Xinjiang for its helping in making the movie.

While "Nomadland" may not have made it to Chinese cinemas, Disney is hoping for box office success for Zhao's next film: Marvel superhero picture "Eternals," starring Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek and Don Lee. The big question for Disney is if the government's censorship of Zhao's win and online nationalists' attacks on her character will linger when "Eternals" releases in China.

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