Antony Blinken, the top US diplomat, denied that the United States had engaged in a cold war with China during a visit to London to discuss how to best respond to the challenges faced by Beijing with his colleagues from the Group of Seven (G7).
In an interview with “Financial Times” editor Roula Khalaf (Roula Khalaf) Global Board of Directors, Blinken said that he refused to “tag most relationships because it’s complicated.”
Speaking of Washington’s intention to hold a “democracy summit,” he said: “This is not launching a cold war, but doing our best to ensure that democracy is strong, resilient, and meets the needs of its people.” Later this year. .
U.S. President Joe Biden promised to portray him as a “battle” between democracies and dictatorships to “win” victory in the 21st century, and pointed to China’s activities that the United States says are disrupting international order.
Under the leadership of the Trump administration, Sino-US relations have deteriorated, and the two countries are still in a state of dispute over security, human rights, intellectual property rights and trade rules.
“We did not ask the country to choose [between the US and China]Blinken added during the FT live broadcast on Tuesday that it was broadcast after the start of the G7 country meeting with China.
Prior to the meeting, an official from the US State Department said that the G7 meeting held on Tuesday morning aims to become a forum to discuss how to work closely with allies and partners to respond to common challenges in a strong manner.
Brinken said that the United States recognizes that the relations between countries including China are complicated, and the United States does not believe that other countries’ economic relations with Beijing “need to be severed or terminated.” However, he said that the United States wants to promote and protect basic rules related to business, environment, intellectual property, and technology.
Biden’s approach to China surprised many foreign policy experts More in common Not the harsh stance of former President Donald Trump. One big difference is working with US allies and partners to create more power against Beijing.
His approach was welcomed by Asian allies, such as Japan and Australia. But the EU is worried that the group will be caught between the United States and China, especially between Germany.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel stated that the EU and the United States have not reached a consensus on all issues and are “absolutely clear” that the interests of the two countries are “different” when it comes to China.
The Group of Seven (G7) is composed of the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy and Japan. This year the United Kingdom also invited Australia, India, South Korea, Brunei and South Africa as guests.
Biden recently convened the first leadership-level meeting of the Quartet Group, which includes the United States, Japan, India, and Australia, as part of an effort to work with allies against Beijing.
Evan Medeiros, a professor of Asian studies at Georgetown University, said that the Biden team’s contact with the G7 is part of its efforts to form an alliance to meet China’s challenges.
He said that the Obama administration is pursuing the right strategy, saying that the United States does not want a cold war or provocations by countries, but he added: “The reality is that when it comes to China, everyone must make a choice.”
However, Bonnie Glaser, director of the Asian program at the German Marshall Foundation in the United States, emphasized some concerns that Washington’s position is “too radical and too confrontational”.
She said: “I definitely made the impression that the Germans and some other Europeans are really dissatisfied with the US’s approach to China.”
In March, the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, and Canada coordinated sanctions on the treatment of Uyghur Muslims by Chinese officials in the western region of Xinjiang, triggering a copy of the report in Beijing.
According to related issues, Biden administration officials included Blink, defining the future of U.S.-China relations as “competitive, cooperative, and confrontational.”
Washington hopes to cooperate with Beijing on foreign policies including Iran, North Korea, and climate change, while defending U.S. interests in the military, technology, and economic fields, and curbing human rights violations in Hong Kong and Xinjiang.
Brinken said that in the past 15 years there has been a “worldwide democratic recession,” but admitted that when it comes to democracy, the United States faces a challenge that is “visible to the whole world”, which is very different from the controversial presidential election. And the attack on the Capitol on January 6.