US accuses China of acting more aggressively

Tony Blinken wearing a suit and tie sitting at a table: Antony Blinken is visiting London for the face-to-face meeting of the G7 since the pandemic began © Reuters Antony Blinken is visiting London for the face-to-face meeting of the G7 since the pandemic began

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has accused China of acting more aggressively abroad and more repressively at home.

He said in an interview with CBS News the US did not want to hold China down but would not allow it to undermine the rules-based international order.

He noted that a military confrontation was profoundly against the interests of both countries.

Tensions have soared in recent times over trade, espionage and the pandemic.

The China-US relationship is crucial to both sides and the wider world, with Beijing repeatedly calling on the new administration in Washington to improve relations which deteriorated under President Joe Biden's predecessor, Donald Trump.

Mr Blinken told CBS' 60 Minutes that Mr Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping had talked about a wide range of topics in their first phone conversation, which lasted two hours, in February.


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US accuses China of acting more aggressively