Secretary of State Anthony Blinken informed Norah O’Donnell of CBS News’ 60 Minutes on Sunday night that the purpose of the Biden administration was to not “contain” China, however to guard a “rules-based order” in worldwide relations.
The related part of the interview was as follows (emphasis added):
Blinken: It is the one nation on the earth that has the navy financial diplomatic capability to undermine or problem the principles based mostly order that we, we care a lot about and are decided to defend. But I need to be very clear about one thing, and that is vital. Our objective is to not comprise China, to carry it again, to maintain it down. It is to uphold this rules-based order that China is posing a problem to. Anyone who poses a problem to that order, we’re going to face up and defend it.
O’Donnell: I do know you say the purpose is to not comprise China, however have you ever ever seen China be so assertive or aggressive militarily?
Blinken: No, we haven’t. I believe what we’ve witnessed over the past a number of years is China appearing extra repressively at dwelling and extra aggressively overseas. That is a reality.
O’Donnell: What’s China’s purpose?
Blinken: I believe that over time, China believes that it may be and must be and would be the dominant nation on the earth.
Notably, Blinken didn’t rule out the chance that China would overtake the United States because the world’s dominant energy. Instead, the Biden administration seems prepared to just accept world Chinese dominance, supplied the “rules” are maintained.
Blinken’s strategy implies that not like its predecessor, the Biden administration seems to see America’s function as shaping China right into a extra accountable superpower, as soon as it overtakes the U.S., relatively than difficult China’s rise or restraining its ambitions.
In March, China rebuked Blinken to his face on the first assembly between the U.S. and China since President Joe Biden took workplace. When Blinken introduced up Chinese human rights abuses, China cited Black Lives Matter on America’s supposed flaws.
Conservative radio host Mark Levin, who drew consideration to the interview on his program Monday, stated that the video was a provocation, highlighting U.S. weak spot.
“This interview, I believe, will be what sparks an attack on Taiwan,” he warned.
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