Blinken to present updated US China policy on May 5

As Reuters reported, the Joe Biden administration has faced criticism for its lack of China policy. Politico wrote that the position of the current authorities on Beijing repeats the policy of Donald Trump ” alt=”Blinken to present updated US China policy on May 5″ />

U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken will outline Washington's updated China policy on May 5, the State Department said.

At the end of April, Blinken said that “in the coming weeks” will be able to present the Joe Biden administration's China strategy, Reuters reported. The agency noted that the Biden administration has faced criticism from Republicans for the lack of an official policy on Beijing— the second largest economy in the world and Washington's main strategic competitor. Work on the strategy was underway, but the authorities had to digress due to the Russian military operation in Ukraine, Reuters pointed out. According to the source, “All they [the administration] are going to do in this speech,” is to collect everything that has been said about China to date and state it.

Republican U.S. Senator Mitt Romney, during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, asked Blinken about the China-Solomon Islands deal, which he says is “alarming.” The Secretary of State agreed with him. Blinken said the State Department sent a delegation to the islands where it plans to open an embassy. The delegates met with the prime minister, who promised that there would be no Chinese military base on the islands, he said.

Concerns about a possible Chinese military presence have previously been raised by local opposition and countries in the Pacific region, including Australia, New Zealand and the United States. Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasse Sogaware dismissed these concerns, saying the country was driven by the national interest. However, opposition leader Matthew Wale questioned whether the deal would not result in a Chinese military base. The Solomon Islands became the object of “pulling over to their side” between China and the United States after breaking ties with Taiwan and defecting to China in 2019, signaling “Beijing's growing influence in a region traditionally dominated by the US and Australia,” wrote The Washington Post.

Politico, in turn, writes, citing sources, that the Biden administration's policy towards China is “modeled after” the policies of his predecessor, Donald Trump.

Relations between China and the US have deteriorated under Trump. Among the claims— trade imbalances and accusations of Chinese IT companies that they collect data from American users through their applications in the interests of intelligence agencies. The consequence of the trade confrontation, in particular, was the US sanctions against Huawei. The American economy was losing about $500 billion a year due to China's policies, the former president claimed.

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