China criticizes US as tensions rise in South Pacific

China on Friday criticized a speech by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken focusing on relations between the world’s two major economic powers, saying the United States was seeking to smear Beijing’s reputation.

In his speech Thursday, Blinken said President Joe Biden’s administration wanted to lead the international bloc opposed to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine into a broader coalition to counter what it sees as a bigger threat. serious and long-term for China’s world order.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin responded that the United States was “essentially spreading disinformation” and “smearing China’s domestic and foreign policy”.

The purpose of Blinken’s speech was to “contain and suppress China’s development and maintain American hegemony,” Wang said. “We strongly deplore and reject this.”

“When it comes to the rules-based international order that the United States advocates, all discerning people can see through that they are nothing but the rules formulated by the United States and a few other countries. with the aim of maintaining the international order dominated by the United States,” Wang added.

“The United States always puts its domestic laws above international law and follows international rules selectively,” Wang said.

In his speech outlining the administration’s China policy, Blinken laid out a three-pillar approach to competing with Beijing in a race to define the economic and military balance of the 21st century.

Blinken said the administration believes China poses a major threat to the post-World War II order, even though the United States views Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine as the most acute and most serious threat. immediately for international stability.

“Beijing’s vision would move us away from the universal values ​​that have underpinned so much progress in the world over the past 75 years,” Blinken said.

“China is the only country with both the intention to reshape the international order and, increasingly, the economic, diplomatic, military and technological might to do so,” he said. “Beijing’s vision would take us away from the universal values ​​that have underpinned so much progress in the world over the past 75 years.”

China has refused to denounce Russia’s invasion of Ukraine or even describe it in those terms, out of respect for Moscow.

He has stepped up his threats against the self-governing island republic of Taiwan and expanded his military presence in the South China Sea, while sending Foreign Minister Wang Yi on a mission to the South Pacific with a sweeping security proposal that, even if only partially realized, could give China a presence much closer to Hawaii, Australia and New Zealand, and on the doorstep of the strategic US territory of Guam.

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