US Secretary Antony Blinken Says China Acting ‘More Aggressively Abroad’

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In an interview, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that recently China was behaving “increasingly in adversarial ways” and had acted “more aggressively abroad”. Blinken’s interview aired on Sunday.

When he was asked that if Washington was heading toward a military encounter with Beijing, Blinken said that “It’s profoundly against the interests of both China and the United States to, to get to that point, or even to head in that direction. What we’ve witnessed over the last several years is China acting more repressively at home and more aggressively abroad. That is a fact.”

Regarding China’s theft of hundreds of billions of dollars or more in U.S. trade secrets and intellectual property, the Secretary of State said that the Biden administration had “real concerns” regarding the IP matter.

He described China’s actions as someone who is trying to compete increasingly and unfairly in adversarial ways. He also added that they are bringing similarly resentful and like-minded nations together to say to Beijing that “This can’t stand and it won’t stand”, as with like-minded countries they will be much more stronger and effective.

However, on Sunday the Chinese Embassy in Washington did not respond immediately on the interview of Blinken. For a G7 foreign ministers meeting, Blinken arrived in London on Sunday, where China is one of the issues on the agenda.

Meanwhile Biden has said that the greatest foreign policy challenge of his administration is competition with China. He also pledged last Wednesday in his first speech to Congress that his administration will boost U.S. technological development and maintain a strong U.S. military presence in the Indo-Pacific.