US-China Ties, Antony Blinken, The Chinese Economy: China’s Strategy, A Rules-Based Order, Not a ‘Cold War’: A Senior US Diplomat

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. (Case)

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The United States does not seek to cut China off from the global economy, but wants Beijing to adhere to international rules, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is expected to say in a much-anticipated speech on Thursday.

“This is not about a new Cold War. It’s not about dividing the world into rigid ideological blocs,” a senior US administration official told reporters on a conference call ahead of Monday. speech describing the US strategy to deal with the rise of China. great power.

“It is about maintaining and, just as importantly, revitalizing the international order in a way that protects the fundamental principles that have enabled peace and prosperity for decades,” the official said.

US-China relations have sunk to their lowest level in decades under the Trump administration and deteriorated further under President Joe Biden, who has so far maintained his predecessor’s tariffs on Chinese goods, but also pursued closer ties with allies in India. Pacific and beyond to fend off Beijing’s growing influence.

Still, seventeen months into his administration, Biden has come under fire from Republicans and some foreign policy watchers for failing to announce an official strategy on China, the world’s second-largest economy and Washington’s main strategic rival.

Foreign crises, including the US’s disorderly withdrawal from Afghanistan last year and Russia’s ongoing war in Ukraine, have created distractions for Biden, who has vowed not to let China overtake states. United as a world leader under his leadership.

Blinken’s speech coincides with the start of an extensive tour by China’s foreign minister of Pacific island nations, an increasingly tense front in the competition for influence between Beijing and Washington and its allies.

Blinken will make clear that Washington’s “unwavering focus” remains on the Indo-Pacific and China, officials said, while laying out the outlines of the strategy, which is to invest in U.S. competitiveness and align with allies and partners to compete with China.

“The Secretary will make it clear that the United States is not seeking to separate China’s economy from ours or from the global economy… We are simply seeking to ensure that China plays by the same rules as everyone else” , said a second official.

Blinken will also emphasize that the United States “will not trade cooperation in these areas for a compromise on our principles,” the official said.

Washington’s approach will be to shape the environment around China, not try to change its behavior, while ensuring that US companies are protected against what it sees as Beijing’s unfair practices, such as than state subsidies and barriers to market access, officials said.

The Biden administration has sought to capitalize on a new found solidarity with allies spurred by Russia’s war in Ukraine and its “limitless” partnership with China announced just weeks before the Feb. 24 invasion.

Strategic ambiguity

Increased US support for the Chinese-claimed democratic island of Taiwan continues to be a point of contention between Washington and Beijing, even as the US, officially, has maintained its longstanding policy of ‘strategic ambiguity’ over whether they would defend Taiwan militarily.

Blinken will reiterate the United States’ commitment to the one-China policy, even though Biden said earlier this week that the United States would get involved militarily if China attacked Taiwan. He and his aides later said his remarks did not reflect a change in policy.

Postponed once after Blinken tested positive for COVID-19 earlier in May, his speech follows a month of intensive US diplomacy focused on the Indo-Pacific, including Biden’s return this week from his first trip. as president in the region.

The president’s meetings there with leaders from South Korea, Japan, India and Australia were aimed, in part, at pushing back against what Washington calls China’s “coercive” behavior.

Biden has also sought to build new momentum in relations with Southeast Asia, declaring a “new era” of relations at a summit in Washington this month.

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