Secretary of State Antonin Blinken mentioned in an interview that aired Sunday that China represents the one nation on the planet that may problem the U.S. militarily, economically and diplomatically.
“I believe over that over time, China believes that it—it—it may be and ought to be and would be the dominant nation on the planet,” Blinken informed CBS Information’ “60 Minutes.”
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The Biden administration has made it clear that it sees China as a severe problem to the U.S.
In February, President Biden introduced the formation of a Protection Division China Job Power to evaluate the longer term problem from China. And in March, Biden instructed to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson that democratic international locations in Europe ought to come collectively to problem China’s large Belt and Highway initiative.
Blinken, who served as deputy secretary of state beneath President Obama, mentioned throughout his affirmation listening to in January that China “poses essentially the most important problem of any nation-state on the planet to the U.S.”
“I need to be very clear about one thing,” Blinken mentioned within the “60 Minutes” interview. “And that is necessary. Our goal is to not include China, to carry it again, to maintain it down. It’s to uphold this rules-based order that China is posing a problem to. Anybody who poses a problem to that order, we’ll get up and– and defend it.”
The interview was wide-ranging. Norah O’Donnell, the correspondent, requested Blinken in regards to the situations in Xinjiang, the place China has been accused of human rights violations towards the Uyghur minority.
Blinken mentioned that the U.S. has made clear that it sees “a genocide having taken place” towards the Muslim minority within the area.
“Greater than 1,000,000 individuals have been put into, select your time period, focus camps, reeducation camps, internment camps. When Beijing says, “Oh, there’s a terrorism risk,” which we don’t see. It’s not coming from 1,000,000 individuals.”
O’Donnell introduced up China’s latest aggression within the South China Sea and with Taiwan. The report identified that Beijing, simply final week, launched three new warships to patrol the area.
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Blinken struck an optimistic tone and mentioned the U.S., previously, has risen to the problem and insisted that it’s “profoundly towards the pursuits of each China and the US—to—to get to that time (a battle), and even head in that course.”