Following are the top foreign stories at 1730 hours

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FGN21: CHINA-BIDEN-REAX Beijing: China gave a muted response to US President Joe Biden’s twin policy approach of confrontation with Beijing on challenges it posed and cooperation to further American interests, saying both countries can achieve 'big things' together and their common interests far outweigh their differences.

FGN19: US-INDIA-PROFESSIONALS-ENVOY Washington: Observing that people-to-people contacts and growing business linkages, especially in the technology and innovation sectors, are important aspects of expanding India-US strategic partnership, New Delhi’s top diplomat here has exuded confidence that Indian professionals will continue to be welcomed in America.

FGN18: UN-INDIA-MYANMAR-COUP United Nations: India engaged constructively and acted as an 'important bridge' during deliberations over the UN Security Council’s statement on the situation in Myanmar, ensuring it strongly underlined the importance of the democratic process and transition while not being 'condemnatory' in nature, sources said.

FGN15: US-H1B Washington: The Biden administration has announced that it is delaying the H-1B policy of the previous Trump administration on allocation of the popular foreign work visas by continuing with the lottery system until December 31, 2021, to give the immigration agency more time to develop, test and implement the modifications to the registration system.

FGN17: US-BIDEN-LD WORLD Washington: Declaring that 'America is back,' President Joe Biden has said that his administration will 'repair' the country's strained relations with its allies during the previous Trump administration and engage with the world once again.

FGN16: US-HARRIS-PORTRAIT Washington: Celebrating Kamala Harris as America's first woman vice president, a unique glass portrait in her honour has been unveiled in front of the historic Lincoln Memorial here.

FGN10: US-MUMBAI-RANA-EXTRADITION Washington: Pakistani-origin Canadian businessman Tahawwur Rana, a key accused in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, has opposed his extradition to India, arguing that he has previously been acquitted of the offences for which his extradition is sought.

FGN9: US-LD TRUMP Washington: House impeachment managers asked former US president Donald Trump on Thursday to testify during the Senate impeachment trial about his conduct on January 6. The move was immediately described as a 'public relations stunt' by his lawyers. PTI SCY