US Secretary of State Antony Blinken outlined the newly-elected President Biden’s vision for the American foreign policy and described China as the top geopolitical challenge for Washington. While talking to a gathering in the Capitol on Wednesday, Blinken framed Biden’s global point of view as a contest between authoritarianism and democracy.
Blinken vowed that the new administration would lead the world through diplomacy not “military intervention.” He further described President’s strategy to fight the pandemic and the economy as the renewal of the American influence abroad and urged that domestic wellbeing and US foreign policy must be linked.
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America’s new top diplomat described Iran, North Korea, and Russia as well as the situation in Ethiopia, Myanmar, and Yemen, as a serious threat. Biden’s aide dubbed US-China relations as the biggest geopolitical challenge of this century and added that Beijing is the only power with military, economic, technological, and diplomatic power to challenge the stable international system.
US Secretary of State made it clear that the White House would collaborate with the Chinese regime wherever possible, albeit from a position of strength and participation of regional allies. He condemned China’s role in Hong Kong and the situation of Uighurs Muslims in Xinjiang province, where according to the UN, as many as one million people from the minority community have been detained.
His comments come as Washington is seeking to re-engage with Tehran to revive the historic 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal and faces a continuing challenge from Pyongyang, which has vowed to step up its military capabilities. Besides that, President Biden has called for an immediate end to the years-long civil war in Yemen. On March 2, Blinken spoke to Ethiopia to express US concern over the reports of atrocities in the conflict-hit province of Tigray.
Meanwhile, in response to the military coup in Myanmar, the Biden administration has imposed sanctions on several army officials and called for an immediate release of detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other party members.
At the same time, the US Secretary of State also made it clear that America would not hesitate to use force when the lives of its citizens are in danger, justifying the latest attack at the Syrian border. On the other hand, the President is also weighing whether to withdraw 2,500 troops from Afghanistan as agreed under the deal between the Taliban and the previous Trump administration.
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