US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has said that China must stop its aggressive behavior in the Asia-Pacific region. He made the remarks in a speech in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, on Tuesday as part of a trip to Southeast Asia.
Blinken has begun a tour aimed at strengthening friendly relations with Southeast Asian countries. In particular, he wants to bridge the gap that the US administration has created with countries in the region under former US President Donald Trump. One of the goals of the United States is to curb China’s growing influence in the region. After Indonesia, Blinken is scheduled to visit Malaysia and Thailand.
Referring to the current situation in Taiwan and Hong Kong, Blinken said in a statement issued at the University of Indonesia that “Washington wants to work with its allies in the region to establish order.” Because every territory has the right to choose its own path. ‘
“China is claiming open seas,” he said. Destroying the free market by subsidizing state-owned companies. Whenever there is a disagreement, the export of goods to any country is stopped. Today there is unrest in Northeast and Southeast Asia. China needs to stop such aggressive behavior. “
Blinken added that “Washington favors free movement in the South China Sea. The US administration does not want conflict in the region. The United States wants to see peace and stability in Taiwan. “
Bilateral relations between Washington and Beijing have recently cooled, with allegations of human rights abuses against the Uighur community in Xinjiang and Chinese influence in Taiwan and Hong Kong. In addition, Beijing claims ownership of the South China Sea, an important route for world trade. China has disputes with several countries in the region over this. China’s military presence in the South China Sea has also alarmed the Biden administration.
Washington has recently imposed sanctions on Chinese individuals and organizations for alleged involvement in serious human rights abuses. “This is irresponsible and arbitrary behavior by the United States,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told a regular briefing today.
Meanwhile, the countries of South-East Asia are in a dilemma. China, the largest trading partner on the one hand, and the United States, the most trusted ally in regional security on the other, have to strike a balance between the two countries. At the same time, Russia wants to increase its influence in the region. All in all, the countries of the region are at a crossroads in the geopolitical battle of the world powers.