Secretary of State Antonin Blinken said in an interview Sunday that China is the only country in the world that can challenge the United States militarily, economically and diplomatically.
“I think over time, China believes that he – he – can be and should be and will be the dominant country in the world,” Blinken told CBS News’s 60 Minutes.
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The Biden administration has made it clear that it sees China as a serious challenge to the United States
In February, President Biden announced the creation of a working group for China̵
Blinken, who was Under Secretary of State under President Obama, said during his confirmation hearing in January that China “represents the most significant challenge of any nation-state in the world for the United States.”
“I want to be very clear about something,” Blinken said in a 60-minute interview. “And that’s important. Our goal is not to restrain China, to keep it, to limit it. It’s to follow this rule-based order that China is challenging. Anyone who challenges that order will face it. and we will protect him. “
The interview was extensive. Correspondent Nora O’Donnell asked Blinken about conditions in Xinjiang, where China is accused of human rights abuses against the Uighur minority.
Blinken said the United States has made it clear that it sees “genocide that has taken place” against the region’s Muslim minority.
“More than a million people are accommodated, choose your term, concentration camps, re-education camps, internment camps. When Beijing says, ‘Oh, there is a threat of terrorism,’ we don’t see it. It doesn’t come from a million people.”
O’Donnell raised China’s recent aggression in the South China Sea and Taiwan. The report says Beijing launched three new warships patrolling the region just last week.
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Blinken struck an optimistic tone and said that in the past the United States had faced the challenge and insisted that it was “deeply contrary to the interests of both China and the United States to get to this point (conflict) or even point in that direction. “