Blinken Sees US-China Relationship as ‘Increasingly Adversarial’

Says some areas are competitive, and some are adversarial

Speaking on CNN, Secretary of State Tony Blinken continued to talk up tensions with China, saying he believes that there are “increasingly adversarial aspects” of the US relationship with China.

Blinken talked of competitive areas as well as adversarial ones, which is hardly shocking since the US openly needles China on several aspects, notably on-again, off-again trade disputes and US incursions into the South China Sea to challenge maritime claims.

Despite this, it is somewhat unusual for a Secretary of State to admit to the relationship being this way, It remains to be seen if this admission portends further hostility from the US or is just an honest assessment.

It’s certainly not the sort of thing one could factually contest, and while Blinken didn’t long elaborate on the topic, it is impossible not to point out how many of the most onerous aspects of their relationship, such as US overflights near China and maritime challenges, are driving the relationship in this negative way.

Author: Jason Ditz

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