Secretary of State Antony Blinken urged the West to work and act together against China in order to be “more effective.”
At a press conference in Berlin with his German counterpart, Heiko Maas, Blinken welcomed the “convergence” registered in “the last few weeks” on this issue, exemplified by the unity shown at the recent G7 and NATO summits, the first international meetings in which President Joe Biden has participated.
The Secretary of State acknowledged that “all” countries have “complex relations with China” in which cooperation on issues such as climate change, trade competition, and geopolitical rivalry are intermingled.
Blinken argued that “we are all more effective with China if we work and act together”, calling for unifying positions among the transatlantic partners and presenting a common front to have a strong position vis-à-vis the Asian giant.
“We are all more effective with China if we work and act together,” said Blinken, who added that “we are progressively demonstrating it.”
Maas — who welcomed the US “return” to multilateralism — affirmed that there is a “joint strategy” in the West with respect to China.
This has been made clear, for example, in the coordinated sanctions by the US, the European Union, the United Kingdom and Canada against Beijing for human rights violations against the Uighur minority in China’s northwestern province of Xinjiang.
Blinken, who advocated preserving international order, stressed that “the common challenge” for Western democracies is the “need” to demonstrate that they can achieve results for both their citizens and the world.
“We have shown that we believe in bilateral cooperation and multilateralism,” he said.
Blinken is in Berlin to participate in the second international conference on Libya organized by Germany to help stabilize the North African country after a decade of crisis.
He is also scheduled to meet this afternoon with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to prepare, among other things, for her visit to Washington in the middle of next month to meet with President Joe Biden.