WORLD American top diplomat singles out China as 'biggest geopolitical test' for US

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American top diplomat singles out China as 'biggest geopolitical test' for US

By Li Zhiwei | People's Daily app

09:18, March 04, 2021

Photo: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken delivers remarks about priorities for administration of US President Joe Biden in the Ben Franklin room at the State Department in Washington, DC on March 3, 2021. /AFP

Washington (People’s Daily) – Antony Blinken, US secretary of state, released on Wednesday his first major address since taking office. In the speech, he named eight major diplomatic priorities of the Biden administration.

Blinken listed US-China relations as one of the top foreign policy priorities of the Biden administration. Blinken said that the US relationship with China is the “biggest geopolitical test of the 21st century.”

"Our relationship with China will be competitive when it should be, collaborative when it can be, and adversarial when it must be. The common denominator is the need to engage China from a position of strength," said Blinken.

In the speech, he also said that the US will not promote democracy through costly military interventions or by attempting to overthrow other countries’ regimes by force. He said this even as the US military is still in Afghanistan and Iraq, having caused astonishing humanitarian disasters.

Meanwhile, Blinken listed other top foreign policy priorities of the Biden administration: stopping COVID-19, turning around the economic crisis, renewing democracy, creating an effective immigration system, revitalizing ties with allies, tackling the climate crisis, and securing leadership in technology.


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