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China is serious long-term challenge, but U.S. does not want Cold War: Blinken Updated: 2022-05-27 14:05:55 KST

America's top diplomat has outlined the Biden administration's policy towards China.
In a 45-minute speech at George Washington University on Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken explained that Beijing poses (quote) "the most serious long-term challenge to the international order."
Blinken summed up the administration's strategy in three words: invest, align, and compete.
He laid out the framework of Washington's strategy aimed at investing in U.S. competitiveness, and aligning with allies as well as partners to compete with China.
He emphasized that the U.S. is not looking for conflict or a new Cold War.

“We are not looking for conflict or a new Cold War. To the contrary, we are determined to avoid both. We don't seek to block China from its role as major power nor to stop China, or any other country for that matter, from growing their economy or advancing the interest of their people."

Blinken also noted that the Biden administration stands ready to bolster direct communication with Beijing.

“We stand ready to increase our direct communication with Beijing across a full range of issues, and we hope that that can happen but we cannot rely on Beijing to change its trajectory so we will shape the strategic environment around Beijing to advance our vision for an open, inclusive, international system.”

On the issue of Taiwan, Blinken stressed that Washington remains committed to its 'one-China' policy.
Blinken's speech coincides with the beginning of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi's sweeping tour of Pacific island countries, including Papua New Guinea and East Timor.
Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.
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