U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken says China is the “only country with the economic, diplomatic, military and technological power to seriously challenge the stable and open international system.”
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Blinken’s comments came Wednesday during a speech at the State Department in Washington where he laid out the Biden administration’s foreign policy agenda, with eight priorities.
“Our relationship with China will be competitive when it should be, collaborative when it can be, and adversarial when it must be,” said Blinken.
“The common denominator is the need to engage China from a position of strength. That requires working with allies and partners, not denigrating them. Because our combined weight is much harder for China to ignore.”
The Biden administration wants to shift from former President Donald Trump’s “America First” approach by re-engaging with allies and centering multilateral diplomacy.
Blinken said President Joe Biden will put forward an “interim strategic guidance” on U.S. national security and foreign policy later Wednesday.
It will show the U.S. willing to tackle challenges that include battling technological attacks, new immigration policy and climate change.