“We will manage the biggest geopolitical test of the 21st century: our relationship with China,” Blinken mentioned on the State Department. He promised to champion the rights of Hong Kong and the ethnic Uighurs, saying that if not, “China will act with even greater impunity”. “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 mentioned. “Our relationship with China will be competitive when it should be, collaborative when it can be and adversarial when it must be. And we will engage China from a position of strength.”
Blinken indicated that Biden can be sparing in army motion regardless of ordering an air strike final week in Syria in opposition to Iranian-linked Iraqi Shiite paramilitaries. Blinken voiced alarm over an “erosion of democracy” worldwide that features the United States, pointing to the January 6 siege of the Capitol by supporters of defeated president Donald Trump.