In a television interview broadcast Sunday, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that in recent years China has become “more oppressive at home and more hostile abroad.”
In an interview with CBS as part of the “60 Minutes” program, in response to a question about whether Washington is heading towards a military confrontation with Beijing, Blinken said, “Getting to that point or even heading to that point is strongly against the interests of China and the United States.” He pointed out that “what we have seen in recent years is that China is behaving in a more oppressive manner at home and more hostile abroad .. This is a reality.” Read also Four hotspots of tension that may ignite a naval war between America and China The Economist: China’s population is shrinking … the implications for the country will be enormous America and China: containment or confrontation?As part of an ambitious space program: China launches the main capsule for its space station
He added that China is “the only country in the world that has the military, economic and diplomatic capabilities to undermine or challenge the existing order based on rules that we strongly adhere to and are determined to defend.”
“But I want to be very clear … Our goal is not to contain, curb or restrict China, but rather to preserve this
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Asked about reports that China had stolen hundreds of billions of dollars or more in US trade secrets and intellectual property, Blinken said that the Biden administration had “real concerns” about the intellectual property issue.
These statements came after US President Joe Biden confirmed in his first speech to Congress on Wednesday that his administration “does not seek conflict with China,” but at the same time “is ready to defend US interests in all fields.”
Last month, Blinken said the United States was concerned about China’s aggressive measures against Taiwan, adding that it would be a “grave mistake” for anyone to try to change the status quo in the Western Pacific by force.
Tensions between the two superpowers have recurred in recent years. The Chinese and American armed forces are locked in a struggle for influence in the Asia-Pacific region, especially in the South China Sea and around the island of Taiwan.
Last March, Blinken was keen to draw attention to the “genocide committed against the Uighurs, the majority of whom are Muslims” in the Chinese province of Zhejiang.