“We are going to handle the most important geopolitical take a look at 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, army and technological energy to significantly problem the secure and open worldwide system — all the principles, values and relationships that make the world work the way in which we would like it to,” he mentioned. “Our relationship with China might be aggressive when it ought to be, collaborative when it may be and adversarial when it have to be. And we are going to have interaction China from a place of energy.”
Blinken indicated that Biden could be sparing in army 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 america, pointing to the January 6 siege of the Capitol by supporters of defeated president Donald Trump.