Antony Blinken, US secretary of state, warned China that Washington would maintain Beijing “accountable for its abuses”, within the first high-level interplay between the nations since Joe Biden grew to become president.
Following a name with Yang Jiechi, China’s prime overseas coverage official, Blinken mentioned he had advised his counterpart that the Biden administration would rise up for democratic values whereas holding Beijing to account.
“I made clear the US will defend our nationwide pursuits, rise up for our democratic values, and maintain Beijing accountable for its abuses of the worldwide system,” Blinken tweeted on Friday evening in Washington.
The state division mentioned he advised Yang that the US would press China over its human rights report within the Xinjiang and Tibet areas and in Hong Kong. He additionally he urged Beijing to sentence the navy coup in Myanmar.
Blinken added that Biden would work with allies to carry China “accountable for its efforts to threaten stability within the Indo-Pacific, together with . . . the Taiwan Strait and its undermining of the rules-based worldwide system”.
His warning follows a sequence of robust statements from the Biden administration over the previous two weeks that recommend that the brand new president intends to pursue a hawkish coverage in direction of Beijing.
Talking on the state division this week, Biden mentioned that “American management should meet this new second of advancing authoritarianism, together with the rising ambitions of China to rival the US”.
In a digital speech to an American viewers on Monday, Yang blamed the dismal state of US-China relations on the current Trump administration and mentioned ties between the nations had reached a “key second”.
Whereas he expressed a want for the 2 nations to enhance relations in an deal with to the Nationwide Committee on US-China Relations, he warned Washington to not cross any “pink strains” and advised the Biden group not to interfere in Chinese language coverage in direction of Hong Kong, Tibet and Xinjiang.
Since Biden’s inauguration, his group has referred to as the repression of Uighurs in north-west Xinjiang province “genocide”, and advised China to cease intimidating Taiwan after Chinese language fighter jets and bombers entered the nation’s air defence zone and simulated attacks on a US aircraft carrier group.
The White Home has careworn that it’s going to take a affected person method in direction of its China coverage and can seek the advice of allies in an effort to craft a extra co-ordinated method to sort out challenges posed by China.
Jake Sullivan, nationwide safety adviser, final week mentioned Biden was ready to “impose prices for what China is doing in Xinjiang, what it’s doing in Hong Kong, for the bellicosity and threats that it’s projecting in direction of Taiwan”.
Earlier than Biden was inaugurated, Sullivan additionally slammed China for attacking freedom in Hong Kong with its marketing campaign to clamp down on the town’s pro-democracy motion with the arrests of dozens of peaceable activists.
In one other signal that Biden will preserve a vigilant stance in direction of China, the USS John McCain, a warship, this week sailed via worldwide waters within the Taiwan Strait, the primary such transfer beneath the brand new administration.
Comply with Demetri Sevastopulo on Twitter