China poses 'biggest geopolitical test' for the U.S., Blinken says

Sec. Blinken says China represents America's 'biggest geopolitical test of the 21st century.'

3/3/2021 11:47:00 PM

Sec. Blinken says China represents America's 'biggest geopolitical test of the 21st century.'

China is the only country with enough power to jeopardize the current global order, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a speech Wednesday.

At a congressional hearing later Wednesday, President Joe Biden's nominee for deputy secretary of state, Wendy Sherman, reinforced Blinken's language on China, saying the United States had to safeguard its trade secrets."We have to compete and win. That includes ensuring that China cannot hack our networks, cannot steal our trade secrets, cannot steal our corporate secrets," she said.

But despite the implied criticism of former President Donald Trump's approach to allies and global organizations, Blinken's portrayal of China as America's most powerful adversary and competitor resembled the view often articulated by officials in the previous administration. His language also reflected a growing bipartisan consensus in Washington about the threat posed by China.

China was the only country Blinken singled out as a focus in a speech that listed eight priorities for U.S. diplomacy, including battling the Covid-19 pandemic, promoting a more stable and inclusive global economy, confronting climate change, securing U.S. leadership in technology, reforming the immigration system, bolstering alliances and renewing democratic values. headtopics.com

Feb. 1, 202108:48Blinken said democracy was"under threat" and that the U.S. needed to lead by example and bolster democratic values around the world."The more we and all democracies can show the world that we can deliver — not only for our people, but also for each other — the more we can refute the lie that authoritarian countries love to tell – that theirs is the better way to meet people's fundamental needs and hopes," he said.

But he said the administration would not seek"to promote democracy through costly military interventions or by attempting to overthrow authoritarian regimes by force."He added,"We have tried these tactics in the past. However well intentioned, they haven't worked."

As an official during the Obama administration, Blinken himself supported the NATO military intervention in Libya, as well as policies supporting theSaudi-ledmilitary campaign in Yemen. He has since expressed regrets for some decisions during that time.

The U.S. will resort to taking military action"only when the objectives and mission are clear and achievable, consistent with our values and laws and with the informed consent of the American people," he said. And the move would be coupled with diplomacy, he added. headtopics.com

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