UPDATED 1:45 PM PT – Monday, May 3, 2021
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said America “does not have the luxury of not dealing with China.” During an interview on Sunday, he highlighted the threat China poses while calling it the “one country in the world that has the capacity to undermine or challenge international order.”
This comes after former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned the Biden administration is unprepared for a confrontation with Beijing. Blinken noted the country has become increasingly hostile over the last few years, but said the White House’s goal is not necessarily policing China.
“Our purpose is not to contain China, to hold it back, to keep it down,” stated the official. It is to uphold this rules-based order that China is posing a challenge to.”
“I want to be very clear about something,” says Secretary of State Antony Blinken. “Our purpose is not to contain China, to hold it back, to keep it down. It is to uphold this rules-based order that China is posing a challenge to.” https://t.co/og55Ozf20D pic.twitter.com/r5CNDrgb0J
— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) May 2, 2021
Blinken went on to say it’s “profoundly against the interests” of China and the U.S. to engage in a military conflict.