Asked whether Washington was heading for a military confrontation with Beijing, Blinken said that “getting to this point, or just heading for it, is against the interests of both China and the United States.”
“In recent years, however, we have seen China behave more and more repressively at home and more and more aggressive abroad,” Blinken said of CBS’s 60 Minutes.
“China is the only country in the world that has the military, economic and diplomatic capacity to damage the world order we value and are determined to defend,” said the head of US diplomacy, “our goal is not to tame or curtail China, but to maintain that order.”
Regarding the theft of billions of dollars in US trade secrets and intellectual property by China, Blinken said it was very disturbing to President Joe Biden’s administration: “It acts like the actions of someone trying to compete unfairly and increasingly hostile.” However, he said, the United States is increasingly succeeding in uniting similarly affected countries and jointly rejecting such steps.
Blinken arrived in London on Sunday for a meeting of G7 foreign ministers, where China is one of the topics. Biden called the rivalry with China the biggest American foreign policy challenge. In his first speech to Congress, he promised to maintain a strong US military presence in the Indo-Pacific region and to support American technological development.