Some signs exist — at least so far — that the Biden administration looks set to take a more tough-minded and aggressive approach toward China than expected, with possible positive implications for Christians in the communist country.
At his Senate confirmation hearing on Tuesday, incoming Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he agreed with Donald Trump’s firm U.S. stance on China, even if he differed on his methods.
Blinken told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that he believed Trump “was right in taking a tougher approach to China,” adding that although he disagreed “very much with the way he went about it in a number of areas,” he nevertheless thought “the basic principle was the right one” and that it was “actually helpful to our foreign policy.”
President Trump became increasingly aggressive toward China throughout his presidency, launching a trade war against the People’s Republic and imposing various sanctions on both the communist regime and the Hong Kong government. He also pulled the U.S. out of the World Health Organization, accusing it of being “virtually controlled by China.”
Blinken, described by Politico as a “europeanist, multilateralist, internationalist,” told the hearing: “There is no doubt that [China] poses the most significant challenge of any nation-state in the world to the United States.”
He noted some potential to cooperate with the communist nation but agreed with outgoing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s declaration this week that China was carrying out genocide against the Muslim Uighurs and other predominantly Muslim ethnic minority groups in China’s northwestern Xinjiang region.
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