WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken says the relationship between Washington and Beijing is complicated at all levels, which is a cause for unavoidable concern.
According to Blinken, the Chinese leadership is striving to make China the dominant country in the world. Blinken told CBS that over the past several years, China has been acting “more repressively at home and more aggressively abroad”.
When asked about the possibility of a military confrontation with China, the US secretary of state emphasised that it is not in the interests of either Washington or Beijing.
Two women take a photo at a display representing the US and Chinese flags at a reception marking 40 years of diplomatic relations between the US and China, at a hotel in Beijing on June 21, 2019
He once again reiterated Washington’s concerns over the situation in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, as well as Beijing’s economic policy.
President Joe Biden has had a rocky start in his relationship with China, with officials from the two countries openly bickering before the media at a meeting in Alaska hosted by Blinken earlier this year.
While Biden has undone most of Donald Trump’s executive orders on immigration, climate, and other matters, he has left intact the tariffs on China, indicating that his administration will likely use them in the future to pressure Beijing into making concessions on trade and other issues.
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