American officials are increasingly seeing China losing ground in Asia as Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin heads to Singapore for a regional security forum that will include a meeting with a top Chinese defense official.
Administration officials say that China has provided an opportunity for the U.S. to strengthen relationships in Asia, because it's determined not to be distracted by the war in Ukraine. It is in large part due to the Chinese President Xi Jinping's insistance on COVID zero policies that have crimped economic growth and a growing backlash against China's assertive foreign policy.
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