US Secretary of State Blinken blasts China, seeks Asian allies
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has criticised China’s aggressive actions in Asia while laying out a plan to seek US allies and security partners in Asia, reports Bloomberg News.
Mr Blinken declared the Biden administration doesn’t want conflict in Asia, and would ensure competition with China doesn’t veer into a catastrophic conflict.
“We’ll adopt a strategy that more closely weaves together all our instruments of national power – diplomacy, military, intelligence – with those of our allies and partners,” said Mr Blinken.
“The goal of defending the rules-based order is not to keep any country down. Rather, it’s to protect the right of all countries to choose their own path, free from coercion and intimidation,” he said.
Mr Blinken is aiming to rebuild relationships that were hindered during former US President Donald Trump’s term.
Still, Mr Blinken had little to say on the issue of trade.
Mr Blinken reiterated that the administration is still developing an Indo-Pacific strategy that will focus on trade, the digital economy, technology, supply chains, clean energy, and other areas.
China hit back at his comments, with Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin saying the US should respect the ways the region maintains peace, especially through ASEAN,
“Instead of drawing ideological lines, putting together small cliques and inciting bloc confrontation,” said Ms Wang.
“We hope the US will truly follow through on the spirit of the summit between the two heads of state and pursue win-win results and peaceful coexistence rather than talking one thing and acting another,” she said.