Morning headlines: US-China diplomatic spat grows; stormy MLB opener; judge

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Today is Friday, July 24, 2020. Let’s get caught up.

These non-virus headlines are in the news this morning: China ordered the United States to close its consulate in the western city of Chengdu, ratcheting up the countries’ diplomatic conflict; the Nationals and Yankees knelt together before the national anthem and MLB expanded the playoffs to 16 teams prior to Thursday’s season opener; and a federal judge specifically blocked U.S. agents from arresting or using physical force against journalists and legal observers at protests in Portland.

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Always rocky, China-US relations appear at a turning point

Four decades after the U.S. established diplomatic ties with Communist China, the relationship between the two may have reached a turning point.

Tensions have risen to new heights on what has always been a rocky road, as the ambitions of a rising superpower increasingly clash with those of the established one. China ordered the closing of the U.S. Consulate in the southwestern city of Chengdu on Friday, in rapid retaliation for the closing of its consulate in Houston.



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