Top officials from US and China hold first talks since Biden presidency

March 19, 2021

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Two long rows of tables are shown with white table cloths and officials on either side with US and Chinese flags in the distance.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken, on right, speaks during the opening session of US-China talks in Anchorage, Alaska, March 18, 2021.

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Top US and Chinese officials have gathered face-to-face for discussions in Alaska. The meetings publicly got off to a rough start but officials say progress was being made behind closed doors. And, the US announced plans to send a total of 4 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to Mexico and Canada. Also, the Iron Dames — an all-female professional racing team competing in Grand Touring endurance racing — is far from a marketing gimmick. They’ve already qualified for big-name races and hope to lead the way for future female pilots.

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A tense start to US-China talks in Alaska

Top of The World: After a tense day of high-level meetings between the US and China taking place in Alaska top officials are expected to resume talks on Friday. And, the EMA said Thursday that the AstraZeneca jab is safe to use after several countries halted the vaccine over concerns of blood clotting. Also, France has ordered a new month-long lockdown for Paris, and several regions in the north starting midnight on Friday, impacting as many as 21 million people.