US State Department: US will shape strategic environment around China
Excerpts released by the US Department of State reveal what Blinken will say today.
According to excerpts released by the State Department, the US Secretary of State is expected to discuss China on Thursday during a major policy speech at George Washington University.
The State Secretary, Antony Blinken, is expected to say that the US will seek to reshape the strategic environment around China, according to the excerpts.
“We can’t rely on Beijing to change its trajectory. So we will shape the strategic environment around Beijing to advance our vision for an open and inclusive international system,” Blinken will say.
More China, Blinken is expected to say that China is the only country in the world with the intent to reshape the international order, and possesses the diplomatic, military, and technological power to do so.
"Beijing’s vision would move us away from the universal values that have sustained so much of the world’s progress over the past 75 years."
However, despite seeking to reshape the strategic climate around China, the US is not looking for conflict or a new Cold War. “We don’t seek to block China from its role as a major power, nor to stop China – or any country – from growing their economy or advancing the interests of their people," the excerpts of the speech reveal.
Nevertheless, the United States will still be ready to boost direct communication with China on a broad range of issues.