China poses most serious long-term challenge to international order, says Blinken

Washington: Even as the United States united the rest of the world against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, China poses the most serious long-term challenge to the international order, the Secretary of State said Thursday. State Antony Blinken.

China is the only country with both the intention to reshape the international order and, increasingly, the economic, diplomatic, military and technological might to do so, Blinken said in a major foreign policy speech on China.

Beijing’s vision would take us away from the universal values ​​that have underpinned so much progress around the world over the past 75 years, he said.

Even if (Russian) President (Vladimir) Putin’s war continues, we will remain focused on the most serious long-term challenge to the international order, and that posed by the People’s Republic of China, Blinken said.

China is also integral to the global economy and our ability to address COVID climate challenges. Simply put, the United States and China face each other for the foreseeable future. This is why it is one of the most complex and consequential relationships of any we have in the world today, he said.

The Biden administration, Blinken said, does not seek to prevent China from playing its role as a great power or to prevent it, or any other country for that matter, from developing its economy or advancing the interests of its people. .

But we will defend and strengthen the agreements, principles and institutions of international law that maintain peace and security, protect the rights of individuals and sovereign nations, and enable all countries, including the United States and China, to coexist. and cooperate, he says.

Now, the China of today is very different from the China of 50 years ago when President (Richard) Nixon severed decades of strained relations to become the first American president to visit the country. Then, China was isolated and struggling with widespread poverty and hunger. Today, China is a global power with extraordinary reach, influence and ambition, Blinken added.

Arguably, no country in the world has benefited as much as China. But rather than using its power to strengthen and revitalize the laws, agreements, principles, institutions that have enabled its success so that other countries can also benefit, Beijing is undermining them. Under President Xi, the ruling Chinese Communist Party has become more repressive at home and more aggressive abroad, he said.

We see this in how Beijing has perfected mass surveillance in China and exported this technology to over 80 countries, how it advances illegal maritime claims in the South China Sea, undermines peace and security, freedom of navigation and commerce, how it circumvents or violates trade rules, harms workers and businesses in the United States but also around the world, and how it claims to defend sovereignty and territorial integrity while standing alongside governments that brazenly violate them, Blinken said.