Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks on US policy toward China

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WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Antony Blinken is about to describe China as “the most serious long-term challenge to the international order,” even as the world grapples with Russia’s war in Ukraine.

“China is the only country with both the intention to reshape the international order – and, increasingly, the economic, diplomatic, military and technological might to do so,” Blinken is expected to say in a speech at the ‘George Washington University, according to extracts published by the Department of State.

“Beijing’s vision would move us away from the universal values ​​that have underpinned so much of global progress over the past 75 years,” Blinken is about to say.

The speech that will outline the Biden administration’s China policy comes as the United States warns Beijing not to help Moscow impose global sanctions for the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine. It also follows an effort by the Biden administration to backtrack on its comment that the United States was ready to use its military to defend Taiwan, which angered Beijing.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks to the media after meetings on the sidelines of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, September 23, 2021.

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The head of the American diplomacy should recognize that the United States and China will have a central role to play in the world economy and the fight against climate change in one of the “most complex and consequential relationships” that the States United service with any country. While the two largest economies in the world will face each other “for the foreseeable future”, the United States wants to avoid “a conflict or a new cold war”, he is about to say.

“We are not seeking to prevent China from playing its role as a great power, or to prevent China – or any other country – from developing its economy or advancing the interests of its people,” Blinken should say.

Tensions between Beijing and Washington have skyrocketed under the Trump administration. Former President Donald Trump has blamed China outright for a wide range of grievances, including intellectual property theft, unfair trade practices and the coronavirus pandemic.

President Joe Biden has previously said his administration is ready for “extreme competition” with China but that his approach will be different from that of his predecessor. He also placed greater emphasis on working more closely with his allies to push back against China – rather than taking action to counter Beijing alone.

“We’re going to confront China’s economic abuses,” Biden said during his first visit to the State Department in February. “But we also stand ready to work with Beijing when it is in America’s interest to do so. We will compete from a position of strength by building back better at home and working with our allies and partners,” he said. -he adds.

The president also said that in his political career he had spent more time with China’s Xi Jinping than any other world leader.

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