According to Antony Blinken, the objective of the United States is not to contain China but to maintain the rules-based international order.
Increasingly powerful China challenges global order, acting “more repressively” at home and “more aggressively” abroad as it tests its growing influence, said US Secretary of State Antony Blinken , in an interview with American television.
“What we have seen in recent years is that China is acting more repressive at home and more aggressively abroad. It’s a fact, ”Blinken said in an interview with CBS’s 60 Minutes Sunday.
The top diplomat in the United States said China was behaving “more and more in a contradictory manner,” but asked if Washington was heading for a military confrontation with Beijing, Blinken replied: “This is deeply contrary to the rules. interests of China and the United States of, at this point, or even to move in that direction.
Biden identified competition with China as his administration’s biggest foreign policy challenge. In his first speech to Congress last Wednesday, he pledged to maintain a strong U.S. military presence in the Indo-Pacific and to spur technological development in the United States.
Biden said he told Chinese President Xi Jinping that in competing to be the dominant power of the 21st century, “we welcome competition – and we are not seeking conflict.”
Blinken arrived in London on Sunday for a meeting of G7 foreign ministers where China is one of the issues on the agenda.
During the 60 Minutes interview, Blinken said China is “the only country in the world that has the military, economic and diplomatic capacity to undermine or challenge the rules-based order that holds us so dear.” at heart and which we are determined to defend.
“Our objective is not to contain China, to hold it back, to keep it on the ground; it is to uphold this rules-based order that China is challenging. “
Tensions between Washington and Beijing have escalated in recent years over issues ranging from trade to human rights, including what Washington has described as genocide against the predominantly Muslim Uyghurs in the far west region of Xinjiang, the crackdown on pro-democracy politicians and activists in Hong Kong and the autonomous island of Taiwan.
Last month, Blinken said the United States was concerned about China’s aggressive actions against Taiwan and warned that it would be a “big mistake” for anyone to try to change the status quo in the Western Pacific by strength.
The United States has a long-standing commitment under the Taiwan Relations Act to ensure that the island has the ability to defend itself and to maintain peace and security in the western Pacific, Blinken said.
Taiwan has complained in recent months about repeated missions of the Chinese air force near the island, which China claims as its own