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Blinken on U.S. China Policy

Antony Blinken speaks at George Washington University in Washington, outlining the administration's policy toward China, Thursday, May 26, 2022.

The United States remains focused on the most serious long-term challenge to the international order: the People’s Republic of China.

Blinken on U.S. China Policy
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The United States remains focused on the most serious long-term challenge to the international order: the People’s Republic of China, said Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Under President Xi, the ruling Chinese Communist Party has become more repressive at home and more aggressive abroad.

The U.S. cannot rely on the PRC to change its trajectory, instead the Biden administration had developed a strategy that can be summed up in three words – “invest, align, compete.”
The Biden administration is investing in an industrial strategy to sustain and expand U.S. economic and technological influence, making the U.S. economy and supply chains more resilient and competitive.

The second piece of the strategy is to re-energize America’s network of alliances and to re-engage in international institutions.

“Another area of alignment we share with our allies and partners is human rights,” said Secretary Blinken:

“The United States stands with countries and people around the world against the genocide and crimes against humanity happening in the Xinjiang region . . . .We stand together on Tibet, where the authorities continue to wage a brutal campaign against Tibetans and their culture, language, and religious traditions, and in Hong Kong, where the Chinese Communist Party has imposed harsh anti-democratic measures under the guise of national security.”

That brings us to the third element of our strategy, which is to outcompete China in key areas, said Secretary Blinken.

“Beijing is. . .taking advantage of the openness of our economies to spy, to hack, to steal technology and know-how to advance its military innovation and entrench its surveillance state. So, as we make sure the next wave of innovation is unleashed by the United States and our allies and partners, we’ll also protect ourselves against efforts to siphon off our ingenuity or imperil our security.”

On Taiwan, the United States remains committed to its “one China” policy, which is guided by the Taiwan Relations Act, the three Joint Communiques, the Six Assurances. We oppose any unilateral changes to the status quo from either side; we do not support Taiwan independence; and we expect cross-strait differences to be resolved by peaceful means,” said Secretary Blinken.

“We’ll compete with confidence; we’ll cooperate [with China] wherever we can; we’ll contest where we must,” declared Secretary Blinken. “There’s no reason why our great nations cannot coexist peacefully, and share in and contribute to human progress together.”