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The US warns “violent and unstable world” if China unfollows rules-based order

March 19, 2021 | 11:12

During a high-level talk on March 18, a representative of the Biden administration said China's actions threaten the rules-based global order, asserting that the US will protect its friends.

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The overview of US- China high-level talk at Alaska. Photo: Reuters.

“We do not seek conflict, but we welcome stiff competition, and we will always stand up for our principles, for our people, and for our friends,” the U.S. national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, said at the start of talks with Chinese counterparts in Alaska, according to Reuters.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken told China’s top diplomat, Yang Jiechi, and State Councilor Wang Yi in Anchorage that the U.S. side would discuss its “deep concerns” about Chinese actions in Xinjiang, Hong Kong and Taiwan, as well as cyberattacks on the United States and economic coercion of allies.

Beijing has often told the U.S. to butt out of such “internal matters.” Blinken, however, asserted that such Chinese actions “threaten the rules-based order that maintains global stability. That's why they're not merely internal matters.”

Without that rules-based order, it would be a “far more violent and unstable world,” Blinken said, according to an account in CNN.

In addition, China's alleged cyberattacks and "economic coercion" of Washington's allies are also included on the agenda.

“Each of these actions threatens the rules-based order that maintains global stability,” he said.

In a lengthy response to the U.S. opening statements, Yang hit back, accusing the United States of using its military might and financial supremacy to pressure countries and of abusing national security to threaten the future of international trade.

He said Xinjiang, Hong Kong, and Taiwan were all inseparable parts of Chinese territory and China firmly opposed U.S. interference in its internal affairs.

Chinese officials had earlier tried to cast the Alaska event, which is to consist of at least three sessions over Thursday and Friday, as the potential new beginning of a longer strategic dialogue.

But the U.S. side has described the gathering as a “one-off” attempt to convey American frustrations with Beijing and get a sense of where Chinese leaders stand on various areas of dispute.

Blinken landed in Alaska after visiting U.S. allies in South Korea and Japan, where the relationship with China was a major topic.

U.S. officials, however, say they are still reviewing aspects of U.S. policy on China and intend to continue consulting with America’s allies and partners overseas.

Yang said human rights in the United States were at a low point with Black Americans being “slaughtered” and added that the United States should handle its own affairs and China its own.

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