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The increasingly contentious relationship between China and the United States is putting pressure on countries to choose sides, with the Covid-19 pandemic accelerating the process of nations stepping away from each other rather than tackling the crisis together.

New international alliances are emerging to address relations with China, which has shifted away from passive and low-key global engagement towards a more assertive and high-profile one dubbed “wolf warrior diplomacy”, said Alex He Xingqiang, a research fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation.

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