Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday claimed that China is seeking to become the “dominant” world power and wants to replace the US-led “liberal” world order.
When asked by The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg if Russia or China is a bigger “threat” to the US, Blinken said that China has a “much greater ability certainly than Russia to try to shape what the international system looks like.”
Blinken’s comments reflect strategy documents that have been produced by the Biden administration that name China as the top threat, with Russia falling in second.
“I think they want a world order, but the world order that they seek is profoundly illiberal in nature; ours is liberal with a small ‘L.’ And that’s the fundamental difference,” Blinken said.
When asked what he thinks China wants, Blinken said, “I think that what it seeks is to be the dominant power in the world militarily, economically, diplomatically.”
While Blinken claims China seeks global hegemony like the US, the Biden administration’s China policy is focused on preventing Beijing from becoming the hegemon in Southeast Asia by increasing support for Taiwan and looking to challenge China in the South China Sea.