June 28, 2022

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Blinken says the US is ready to step up diplomacy with China at "this highly charged moment of the world"

Blinken says the US is ready to step up diplomacy with China at “this highly charged moment of the world”

“This is a fraught moment for the world,” Blinken said, speaking at George Washington University. “At times like these, diplomacy is vital.” “We are willing to increase our direct contacts with Beijing across a full range of issues.”

But Blinken also cautioned that “we cannot count on Beijing to change course. So we will shape the strategic environment around Beijing to advance our vision of an open and inclusive international order.”

Blinken defined the Biden administration’s strategy as “Invest, Line Up, Compete.”

“We will invest in our strengths back home – our competitiveness, our innovation and our democracy. We will coordinate our efforts with our network of allies and partners, working toward a common goal and in a common cause. And harnessing these two key assets, we will compete with China to defend our interests and build our vision for the future,” Blinken said.

He made it clear that the Biden administration does not seek conflict with China.

Unveiling a long-awaited speech outlining the Biden administration’s China policy, Blinken said, “We are not looking for a conflict or a new Cold War. On the contrary, we are determined to avoid both.”

Blinken said the United States and China “have to deal with each other for the foreseeable future.” And he has committed to a continued focus on that relationship – and the threats China poses to the world order – until Russia’s war on Ukraine infuriates.

“Even as President Putin’s war continues, we will remain focused on the most serious long-term challenge to the international system – and that is the People’s Republic of China,” Blinken said.

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Blinken added that the Biden administration has worked to develop and implement a “comprehensive strategy” aimed at working on national strengths and working with partners and allies “to achieve the future we seek.” He made it clear that the future does not require banning China.

“We do not seek to prevent China from its role as a major power, nor to prevent China – or any country for that matter – from developing its economy or advancing the interests of its people. But we will defend and strengthen China. International law, agreements, principles, and institutions maintain peace and security and protect the rights of individuals and countries with Sovereignty enables all nations – including the United States and China – to coexist and cooperate.”

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