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Opening remarks on the Biden administration’s approach to China

Introduction to Secretary Blinken’s Address to the Asia Society, Washington DC

The following is the full text of Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI) President Kevin Rudd’s introductory remarks delivered at an ASPI event in Washington, D.C., with remarks by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on the Biden administration’s policy toward China.

Mr. Secretary Blinken, members of the administration, members of Congress, members of the diplomatic corps, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen.

Welcome to the Asia Society here in Washington, DC

I am Kevin Rudd, World President of the Asia Society. And, with my vice-presidents, Danny Russell and Wendy CutlerWe are delighted to welcome today the Secretary of State outlining the administration’s China policy.

Founded in 1956, the mission of the Asia Society is to navigate shared futures between the United States and the countries of Asia.

And over the past 65 years, and in our 15 centers around the world, and in ever-changing geopolitical circumstances, we have sought to do just that.

I would also like to thank our colleagues from George Washington University, where we are meeting today, including President Marc Wrighton and eminent sinologist, and dear colleague, Professor David Shambaugh.

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The future policy of the United States towards the People’s Republic of China has a fundamental consequence, not only for these two countries, but for all the countries of the Indo-Pacific region, and even for the future of the world order itself.

US policy, along with China’s response, will determine whether our future will be one of strategic stability, economic prosperity, and environmental sustainability.

Or if it will be a crisis, an escalation, a conflict or even a war.

History, of course, is our dark guide to these matters.

But none of us are so captured by certain predetermined forces of history that we cannot yet secure with our Chinese friends a common future for all of us.

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The truth is that China under Xi Jinping changed.

China has become more powerful.

And China under Xi is now seeking to assert that power in the region and the world in a way we haven’t seen in half a century.

Indeed, President Xi now seeks to alter the status quo in a way that advances his definition of China’s national interests and values.

The United States, together with its friends, partners and allies around the world, is now rising to this challenge.

The Secretary of State and the Biden administration have, as those of us in the analyst community observe, have indeed been active on this.

The administration has rebuilt American alliances in both Europe and Asia.

US leaders have now seen NATO, for the first time, fully focus on the rise of China.

At the same time, the administration has elevated the quadrilateral security dialogue to a summit level.

Indeed, Mr. Secretary, together with the President, you have just returned from Tokyo from the fourth Quad summit meeting since the President Joe Biden to take place.

This week’s Quad release also announced that the Indo-Pacific Maritime Domain Awareness Partnership will provide comprehensive aerial surveillance of the exclusive economic zones of small island developing economies in the Indian and Pacific Oceans to help them preserve their valuable stocks. of fish and other marine resources. .

I know from my own experience that this is welcome in small island countries in the Pacific.

You have also just had substantive discussions with the Prime Minister Fumio KishidaPrime Minister Narendra Modiand my own successor as Australian Prime Minister, Mr. Anthony Albanian. And earlier, the newly elected leader of the Republic of Korea, President Yoon Suk-yeol.

The administration also recently brought together ASEAN leaders here in the United States for a historic summit.

Meanwhile, beyond the national security and foreign policy agenda, the President also this week released the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework drafted by Secretary Gina Raimondo.

This encompasses the future coordination, cooperation and, where possible, integration of a number of new drivers of pan-regional economic growth, including digital trade, the renewable energy revolution and supply chain security.

It therefore seems, Mr. Secretary, that you have had some problems on your plate.

Indeed, across the region, there is an emerging sense that America is now well and truly back.

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For the world as a whole, what is also important is that the United States has been able to pursue this important strategic program in Asia while dealing with the strategic crisis that now affects Europe.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine, in total violation of Article II of the United Nations Charter, represents a signal challenge for all democracies in the world (whether in Europe, Asia or beyond).

Indeed, the Russian invasion jeopardizes the fundamental principles of territorial integrity and political sovereignty of all Member States of the United Nations system.

For the international community, it has been important to see the United States, as the leader of the free world, comfortably managing these two challenges, in Europe and Asia, at the same time. Such is the lot of global leadership.

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Finally, Mr. Secretary, in response to the complexity and intensity of China’s rise, the international community appreciates the administration’s continued efforts to carve out sufficient diplomatic and political space in U.S.- China for strategic cooperation where there are common global interests. stakes.

We congratulate the secretary John Kerry and Xie Zhenhuaongoing efforts on climate change.

Just as we encourage continued collaboration between the U.S. Federal Reserve and the People’s Bank of China on our shared interest in maintaining global financial stability during these deeply uncertain global economic times.

And given how we have all failed in handling the COVID crisis, how could we all better handle the next global public health challenge when it inevitably arises.

Mr. Secretary, you have always been a welcome guest among us at the Asia Society.

We look forward to your comments here today.

Please welcome the United States Secretary of State, Antoine Blinken.

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Read Secretary Blinken’s full address.