0_Web_Top storiesSvet.SlajderWorld

Blinken: China is greatest long-term challenge to current world order

Despite the current Russian invasion of Ukraine, the US government regards China as the biggest challenge for the international order in the long-term, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said in Washington on Thursday.

Washington, 26 May 2022 (dpa/MIA) – Despite the current Russian invasion of Ukraine, the US government regards China as the biggest challenge for the international order in the long-term, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said in Washington on Thursday.

“Even as President [Vladimir] Putin’s war continues, we will remain focused on the most serious long term challenge to the international order. And that is posed by the People’s Republic of China,” Blinken said.

He added that China “is the only country with both the intent to reshape the international order, and increasingly, the economic, diplomatic, military and technological power to do it.”

Blinken said that the government of US President Joe Biden has taken a firm tone with China from the beginning and has admitted that China holds a special place in US foreign policy – as the biggest competitor of the US.

China and the US are the two largest economies of the world.

Blinken emphasized that China plays a crucial role in the world economy and in the solution of problems such as climate change or the Covid-19 pandemic.

This means that the US and China have no choice but to deal with each other, making it “one of the most complex and consequential relationships of any that we have in the world today.”

Blinken affirmed US support for the One China policy, saying that the US does not support Taiwan independence, but also criticizing China’s “growing coercion” over the region.

“We continue to have an abiding interest in peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. We’ll continue to uphold our commitment to the Taiwan Relations Act to assist Taiwan in maintaining a sufficient self defence capability,” Blinken said.

These comments were welcomed in Taipei, where the Foreign Ministry released a statement late on Thursday saying it was glad to see Blinken reaffirming the US commitment to Taiwan’s security and its persistent support for Taiwan’s international participation.

The ministry said that Taiwan will continue to deepen cooperation with the US and other like-minded countries to jointly defend the security of the Taiwan Strait and maintain peace, stability and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region.

However, Blinken also tempered his criticism of China with an appeal to the importance of peaceful cooperation. “We are not looking for conflict or new Cold War,” Blinken said. “To the contrary, we’re determined to avoid both.”

Instead, the US wanted to cooperate wherever possible – and to offer resistance, wherever necessary. He said that “we have profound differences with the Chinese Communist Party and the Chinese government. But those differences are between governments and systems, not between our people.”

Back to top button
Close