Antony Blinken on Foreign Policy



Shoring up our democracy is a foreign policy imperative

Shoring up our democracy is a foreign policy imperative. Strong democracies are more stable, more open, better partners to us, more committed to human rights, less prone to conflict, and more dependable markets for our goods and services. When democracies are weak, governments can't deliver for their people or a country becomes so polarized that it's hard for anything to get done. And they become less reliable partners to the United States. None of that is in our national interest.
Source: State Department speech: 2021 Biden Administration , Mar 3, 2021

Working will allies & partners is enlightened self-interest

We will revitalize our ties with our allies and partners. Over the decades, these commitments have created new markets for our products, new allies to deter aggression, and new partners to help meet global challenges. We had a name for it: "enlightened self-interest." We'll be clear that real partnership means carrying burdens together, everyone doing their part--not just us. Wherever the rules for international security and the global economy are being written, America will be there.
Source: State Department speech: 2021 Biden Administration , Mar 3, 2021

We must engage China from a position of strength

We will manage the biggest geopolitical test of the 21st century: our relationship with China.

China is the only country with the economic, diplomatic, military, and technological power to seriously challenge the stable and open international system. Our relationship with China will be competitive when it should be, collaborative when it can be, and adversarial when it must be. The common denominator is the need to engage China from a position of strength.

Source: State Department speech: 2021 Biden Administration , Mar 3, 2021

Presses China on human rights; condemning Burma coup

Blinken spoke with People's Republic of China Director of the Office of the Central Commission for Foreign Affairs Yang Jiechi and extended his best wishes for the Lunar New Year. Secretary Blinken stressed the United States will continue to stand up for human rights and democratic values, including in Xinjiang, Tibet, and Hong Kong, and pressed China to join the international community in condemning the military coup in Burma.
Source: Biden Administration Press Release from state.gov , Feb 5, 2021

Deeply disturbed by crackdown on protestors in Russia

We are deeply disturbed by this violent crackdown against people exercising their rights to protest peacefully against their government, rights that are guaranteed to them in the Russian constitution. I think the Russian Government makes a big mistake if it believes that this is about us. It's not. It's about them. It's about the government. It's about the frustration that the Russian people have with corruption, with kleptocracy.

We're reviewing a series of Russian actions that are deeply, deeply disturbing. Interference in our elections, the use of cyber tools in the so-called SolarWinds attack that Russia appears to be responsible for getting into computer networks both public and private, and finally, we have the reported bounties on American troops in Afghanistan. Depending on the findings of those reviews, we will take steps to stand up for our interests and stand against Russian aggressive actions.

Source: MSNBC interview: Secretary of State (Biden Cabinet) , Feb 1, 2021

Challenge of China is complicated; we need strong alliances

There's no doubt that China poses the most significant challenge to us of any other country, but it's a complicated one. There are adversarial aspects to the relationship, there's certainly competitive ones, and there's still some cooperative ones, too. We have to be able to approach China from a position of strength, not weakness. And that strength, I think, comes from having strong alliances, something China does not have.

As we're thinking about both dealing with this pandemic but also making sure we're in a position to prevent the next one, China has to step up and make sure that it is being transparent, that it is providing information and sharing information, that it is giving access to international experts and inspectors. Its failure to do that is a real problem that we have to address.

Source: MSNBC interview: Secretary of State (Biden Cabinet) , Feb 1, 2021

Reaffirmed US/India ties; important to work together

Blinken spoke with Indian Minister of External Affairs Dr. S. Jaishankar to reaffirm the growing U.S.-India partnership and discuss issues of mutual concern, including COVID-19 vaccination efforts, regional developments, and next steps in expanding bilateral ties. The Secretary underscored India's role as a preeminent U.S. partner in the Indo-Pacific and the importance of working together to expand regional cooperation.
Source: Biden Administration Press Release from state.gov , Jan 29, 2021

Committed to Israel's security; applauds Abraham Accords

Blinken spoke with Israel's Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi. The Secretary reaffirmed the United States government's firm commitment to Israel's security. The Secretary applauded the recent progress made with the Abraham Accords, and affirmed U.S. interest in building further on this progress to advance peace.
Source: Biden Administration Press Release from state.gov , Jan 27, 2021

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