There is only one country that can challenge the international system вЂ” and this is not the Russian Federation.
The White House regards China as its main adversary in the geopolitical arena, and Russia as a вЂњserious challenge.вЂќ
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated this in his keynote speech on foreign policy on March 3.
The head of the State Department called US-China relations вЂњthe largest geopolitical challenge of the 21st century,вЂќ since only the PRC has вЂњsufficient economic, diplomatic, military and technological power to pose a serious challenge to a stable, open international system.вЂќ
вЂњSome countries pose serious challenges for us, including Russia, Iran, and North Korea, but China's challenge is different,вЂќ Blinken said.
In this regard, the Biden administration will approach relations with China вЂњfrom a position of strength.вЂќ
вЂњOur relationship with China will be in a spirit of competition where it should be, in a spirit of cooperation where possible and in a spirit of competition when necessary,вЂќ the secretary of state said.
In addition, under Biden, the United States will abandon the forceful overthrow of authoritarian regimes.
вЂњWe have tried these tactics in the past and no matter how well-intentioned it didnвЂ™t work,вЂќ Antony Blinken explained this decision.
Now the US вЂњwill do it differentlyвЂќ вЂ” setting its own example and encouraging undemocratic countries to reform.
Recall that on the eve of the Treasury and the US State Department introduced a new package of sanctions against Russia due to human rights violations and, in particular, the trial of opposition leader Alexei Navalny.