China and Russia veto sanctions on North Korea; The US-China rivalry is evolving into a bloc competition


US China Policy

On the same day, the US revealed that it aims to curb China’s influence in government policies.

While saying that China poses the “most serious long-term threat” to world order, the US underscored that it does not want to create conflict or a “new Cold War”.

“Even as (Russian) President Putin’s war (with Ukraine) continues, we will remain focused on the most serious long-term challenge to the international order – and that is the one posed by the People’s Republic of China,” the US said -Secretary of State Antony Blinken said delivering his speech at George Washington University in Washington DC.

“China is the only country that has both the intention to transform the international order and increasingly has the economic, diplomatic, military and technological power to do so.”

Beijing’s vision “would take us away from the universal values ​​that have sustained so much of the world’s progress over the past 75 years,” according to Blinken, that the US will work to defend and promote universal values ​​and institutions for peace and coexistence strengthen.

However, the US is not trying to deter China from its role as a great power or prevent the country from boosting the economy or advancing the interests of its people, Blinken said.

“We are not looking for conflict or a new Cold War. On the contrary, we are determined to avoid both,” said Blinken.

Instead of directly forcing Beijing to play by its rules, Washington will “shape the strategic environment around Beijing” to keep China in check, meaning it would form coalitions to contain China’s aggression.

“We cannot count on Beijing to change course,” he said. “So we will shape the strategic environment around Beijing to advance our vision of an open and inclusive international system.”

While the US government denies that strategic competition with China is a zero-sum game, it has already become one, and Blinken’s speech is intended to encourage other countries to side with them, said Park of Ewha University.

“To put it nicely, the US is only suggesting that they will pass on the cuts (benefits) to countries that side with them. It basically seems to rank its allies in order of loyalty,” Park said.

Blinken said in his speech that US diplomacy is based on “partnership and respect for each other’s interests”.

“We don’t expect every country to view China the same way we do,” he said. “It’s not about forcing countries to vote. It’s about giving them choices.”

By Jo He-rim

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