Antony Blinken

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Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday refused to call the escalating competition between the US and China a “new Cold War,” even though it bears many of the hallmarks of the fight for supremacy between the US and Soviet Union in the 20th century.

“I resist putting labels on most relationships, including this one, because it’s complex,” Blinken said during an interview with the Financial Times. “And as I said, if you look at it, we’ve seen unfortunately in recent years the government in Beijing acting more repressively at home and aggressively abroad. And when I look at the relationship, I see adversarial aspects. I see competitive aspects. I see cooperative aspects – all three.”

Blinken said that the Biden administration’s position is the US must be able to “engage China from a position of strength.” This means a few things, America’s top diplomat went on to say.

“It means actually working with allies and partners, not disparaging them. That is a position of strength. It means leaning in and engaging in the vast array of multilateral and international organizations because that’s where so many of the rules are made. That’s where the norms are shaped. And if we’re not leaning in, we know that Beijing is likely to be trying to do so in our place. And it means critically – and maybe most critically – actually investing in ourselves, investing in our own people, in our workers, in our technology, in our infrastructure. If we do that, then I think we’re going to be fine,” Blinken added. 

For the past several years, US-China relations have deteriorated as China’s global influence has rapidly expanded. Former President Donald Trump’s trade war with China, as well as the fact he blamed the COVID-19 pandemic on Beijing, further increased tensions. Under Trump, …read more

Source:: Business Insider

      

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