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Blinken: US Has to Deal with China, Relationship Remains Complicated
By Staff, Agencies
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned that the relationship between Washington and Beijing is complicated at all levels, which is a cause for unavoidable concern.
During an interview on CBS' "60 Minutes, Blinken said: “Look, we don't have - the luxury of not dealing with China. There are real complexities to the relationship, whether it's the adversarial piece, whether it's the competitive piece, whether it's the cooperative piece.”
According to Blinken, the Chinese leadership is striving to make China the dominant country in the world.
The top US diplomat told CBS that over the past several years, China has been acting "more repressively at home and more aggressively abroad."
When asked about the possibility of a military confrontation with China, the US secretary of state emphasized that it is not in the interests of either Washington or Beijing.
"I think it's profoundly against the interests of both China and the United States - to - to get to that point [military confrontation], or even to head in that direction", Blinken said.
He once again reiterated Washington's concerns over the situation in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, as well as Beijing's economic policy.
"[US] President [Joe] Biden made clear - that in a number of - areas we have - real concerns about the actions that - China has taken, and that includes in the economic area, and that includes - the theft of intellectual property", Blinken stated.
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