“We’ll handle the largest geopolitical check of the 21st century: our relationship with China,” Blinken mentioned on the State Division. He promised to champion the rights of Hong Kong and the ethnic Uighurs, saying that if not, “China will act with even larger impunity”. “China is the one nation with the financial, diplomatic, navy and technological energy to significantly problem the secure and open worldwide system — all the principles, values and relationships that make the world work the best way we wish it to,” he mentioned. “Our relationship with China can be aggressive when it must be, collaborative when it may be and adversarial when it should be. And we’ll interact China from a place of energy.”
Blinken indicated that Biden could be sparing in navy motion regardless of ordering an air strike final week in Syria in opposition to Iranian-linked Iraqi Shiite paramilitaries. Blinken voiced alarm over an “erosion of democracy” worldwide that features the USA, pointing to the January 6 siege of the Capitol by supporters of defeated president Donald Trump.