An increasingly powerful China is challenging the world order, acting “more repressively” and “more aggressively” by curbing its influence, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in an interview broadcast on Sunday.
“What we have seen in recent years is that China is acting more repressively at home and more aggressively abroad. It’s a fact, ”the senior American diplomat said in an interview with CBS’s“ 60 Minutes ”.
His comments came after President Joe Biden, in his first address to Congress on Wednesday, stressed that he was not seeking to come into conflict with Beijing.
Biden said he told Chinese President Xi Jinping that in competing to be the dominant power of the 21st century, “we welcome competition – and we are not seeking conflict.”
Blinken said China is “the only country in the world that has the military, economic and diplomatic capacity to undermine or challenge the rules-based order that is so dear to us and that we are determined to defend.
“But I want to be very clear on something… our goal is not to contain China, to hold it back, to keep it in place; it is maintaining this rules-based order that China poses a challenge. “
Tensions have risen sharply with China in recent years, as the United States also challenges Beijing’s assertive military actions and human rights concerns, including what Washington has described as genocide against the minority. Uyghur, predominantly Muslim.
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