BLINKEN ADMITS TIES WITH CHINA IS THE BIGGEST TEST FOR U.S.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken called Washington's relationship with China a test and a central part of the new administration's foreign policy, in his first major speech at the State Department, Christiane Jacke reported for Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa).
"We will manage the biggest geopolitical test of the 21st century, our relationship with China," Blinken said. He added the challenge posed by China was different.
"China is the only country with the economic, diplomatic, military and technological power to seriously challenge the stable and open international system," he argued.
"Our relationship with China will be competitive when it should be, collaborative when it can be, and adversarial when it must be. The common denominator is the need to engage China from a position of strength," Blinken said.
Beyond Beijing, he also laid out the new administration's foreign policy priorities, citing tackling the climate crisis and the pandemic as key concerns.
He said nobody would be completely safe until the majority of the world is immune, referring to the virus. Blinken also said that Washington would work to renew democracy, as it is under threat around the world - and in the US.