The United States does not have “the luxury of not dealing with China” as Beijing is “acting more aggressively abroad,” Secretary of State Tony Blinken said.
Speaking to CBS’ “60 Minutes” in a wide-ranging interview that aired Sunday night, the nation’s top diplomat made the remarks after being asked what the United States’ red line was with regard to Beijing’s behavior.
“There are real complexities to the relationship, whether it’s the adversarial piece, whether it’s the competitive piece, whether it’s the cooperative piece,” Blinken said.
The secretary of state was also asked about China’s intentions to become a hegemonic power, to which Blinken responded by noting the US’ goals are “not to contain” the Chinese Communist Party’s rise.
“I want to be very clear about something, and this is important. Our purpose is not to contain China, to hold it back, to keep it down,” he explained. “It is to uphold this rules-based order that China is