In a lengthy speech at George Washington University on Thursday, he outlined the attitude of top US diplomatic management as “investment, restructuring, competition” and said the United States was ready to defend its interests, even if it did not seek a confrontation with China.
“We will invest in the foundations of our strengths at home – our competitiveness, our innovation, our democracy. We will build and compete with China, “said Blingen.
The talk comes as the United States – and the global community – focus on Russia’s war in Ukraine.
Blingen highlighted Beijing’s defense of President Putin’s war to destroy Ukraine’s sovereignty and protect a sphere of influence in Europe, and stressed in more detail that this should “raise the alarm bells for all of us who call the Indo-Pacific region home.” Even as the war in Ukraine continues, it is important for the Chinese government to focus on the threats it poses to the world.
“China is the only country with the goal of reshaping the international order and, increasingly, economic, diplomatic, military and technological power,” Blingen said.
Blinken’s approximately 40 minutes long speech sought to underline that the Washington-Beijing relationship is “one of the most complex and consequential relations we have in the world today.”
When he elaborated on how the US wants to approach that relationship, he outlined the sharp differences between the two countries, describing China’s “repressive” government, unfair trade practices and human rights abuses.
However, the top US diplomat reiterated that the US was not seeking to prevent China from becoming a world power or to change its political structure and did not want to clash with it.
“We are not looking for conflict or a new Cold War. On the contrary, we are determined to avoid both,” Blingen said.
He said the United States was ready to strengthen diplomacy and enhance ties with China, and to enhance ties with China “across a whole range of issues” and to work together on issues of mutual interest, such as climate change and the Govt-19. Compete or join Beijing where our interests come together. “
“We cannot allow differences to divide us to prevent us from advancing on the priorities that we demand to work together for the good of our people and the good of the world,” he said.
“This is the right moment for the world,” Blingen said.
“In times like these, diplomacy is essential,” he said. “How we clarify our deepest concerns, understand each other’s perspective well, and have no doubt about each other’s motives.”
“We are ready to increase our direct contact with Beijing on full-scale issues. We hope that will happen,” he continued.
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As a means of fostering that diplomacy, Blinken said he was committed to providing the State Department with the necessary tools, including building the “China House,” to work with Congress as needed.
“With intense competition, we are committed to intense diplomacy,” he said.
However he acknowledged that their numbers were not enough to defeat Beijing’s legitimacy.
“We do not seek to prevent China from becoming a major power, or to prevent China – or any country in that regard – from developing their economy or advancing the interests of their people, but we will protect and strengthen it. It protects the rights of sovereign nations and enables all nations, including the United States and China, to work together. ”
“We oppose unilateral change on both sides. We do not support Taiwan’s independence and we hope that the cross-border differences will be resolved peacefully,” Blingen said.
However, Blingen noted that “although our policy has not changed, Beijing’s growing persistence, such as attempting to sever Taiwan’s ties with countries around the world and preventing them from participating in international organizations, is becoming increasingly provocative rhetoric.” It’s almost like a PLA plane flying near Taiwan on a daily basis. “
“These words and actions destabilize the country. They endanger miscalculations and threaten the peace and stability of the Taiwan Strait. The issue is important for regional security and global security and prosperity. “
The U.S. ambassador also stressed the need to make sure that despite the high tensions between Washington and Beijing, neither the Chinese people nor people of Chinese descent in the United States pay attention to anger.
“When we manage a challenging relationship with another government, we know from our history that people of that country or those of that tradition can feel that they are not here, or that they are our enemies. Nothing. The truth may be more,” he said.
“The mistreatment of someone of Chinese descent is against all that we stand for as a nation,” Blinken continued. “The differences are between governments and organizations, not between our people.”