Secretary of State Antony Blinken on March 3 listed managing the United States’ relationship with the Chinese regime as a prime precedence of the Biden administration, describing it as “the biggest geopolitical test of the 21st century.”
Blinken, in his first speech outlining the Biden administration’s overseas coverage technique, stated the problem posed by the Chinese regime was totally different from these posed by different international locations like Russia and North Korea.
“China is the only country with the economic, diplomatic, military, and technological power to seriously challenge the stable and open international system—all the rules, values, and relationships that make the world work the way we want it to,” he stated in a speech on the State Department.
Among the eight prime priorities of the State Department listed by Blinkon, U.S.-China relations was the one one which was particularly directed in direction of one other nation.
“Our relationship with China will be competitive when it should be, collaborative when it can be, and adversarial when it must be,” Blinken stated. “The common denominator is the need to engage China from a position of strength.”
The Biden administration is at the moment reviewing the complete suite of Trump-era insurance policies geared toward countering a spread of threats posed by the Chinese regime, and has but to announce any particular coverage actions. With confronting the China problem having fun with bi-partisan help, the Biden administration faces heavy strain from Republicans to proceed insurance policies which can be robust on China.
The Chinese regime, in the meantime, has demanded the Biden administration undo Trump’s hardline China insurance policies, and never “interfere” in so-called “red line” issues, resembling its human rights abuses in opposition to Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang, the crackdown in Hong Kong, and navy aggression in direction of Taiwan. The Trump administration in January designated the Chinese regime’s atrocities in Xinjiang a genocide.
Blinken stated the United States would work with allies to confront China, an method the administration has described as some extent of distinction from the Trump administration.
“It requires engaging in diplomacy, and in international organizations, because where we pull back, China has filled in,” he stated.
Former Trump officers, nevertheless, have rejected the characterization that the administration was too unilateral, saying it did construct alliances to push again in opposition to Chinese threats, but additionally wasn’t afraid to go it alone when it suited American pursuits. They stated the United States’ withdrawal from worldwide our bodies together with the World Health Organization and the UN Human Rights Council was because of systemic failings that had been past reform, regardless of U.S. makes an attempt. Both of those strikes have been reversed by the Biden administration.
Blinken stated the administration’s method additionally “requires standing up for our values when human rights are abused in Xinjiang or when democracy is trampled in Hong Kong.”
“Because if we don’t, China will act with even greater impunity,” he added.
The secretary of state highlighted out-competing China by “investing in American workers, companies, and insisting on a level playing field.”
Without particularly mentioning China, Blinken additionally stated the administration would “use every tool to stop countries from stealing our intellectual property or manipulating their currencies to get an unfair advantage.”
The Trump administration had tried to drive the Chinese regime to reform a spate of unfair commerce practices by means of the U.S.-China commerce warfare, which resulted within the phase-one commerce deal signed final January. The Chinese regime up to now has fallen short of its buy commitments below the settlement. The Biden administration has not signaled how it will cope with the commerce pact.