US will engage China from position of strength: Blinken will say in foreign policy speech

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US will engage China from position of strength: Blinken will say in foreign policy speech

Thursday, 04 March 2021 | PTI | Washington

Secretary of State Antony Blinken in his first major foreign policy speech on Wednesday would describe the US' relationship with China as the "biggest geopolitical test" of the 21st century and say that Washington will engage Beijing from a position of strength.

In his speech, Blinken would spell out eight aspects of how American diplomacy will carry out the strategy of President Joe Biden, including plans to restore America's global leadership.

"We will manage the biggest geopolitical test of the 21st century: our relationship with China," Blinken will say, according to the excerpts of his speech released by the State Department. "China is the only country with the economic, diplomatic, military, and technological power to seriously challenge the stable and open international system – all the rules, values, and relationships that make the world work the way we want it to," Blinken will say.

Asserting that the US relationship with China will be competitive when it should be, collaborative when it can be and adversarial when it must be, the top diplomat will say that the US will engage China from a position of strength.

"That requires working with allies and partners, not denigrating them. It requires engaging in diplomacy and in international organizations, because where we have pulled back, China has filled in," he will say.

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