U.S. Will Not Leave Australia Alone To Face China Coercion - Blinken

U.S. Will Not Leave Australia Alone To Face China Coercion - Blinken

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Thursday that the U.S. would not abandon Australia in the face of Chinese economic coercion. Such behavior toward U.S. allies would impede progress in US-Sino relations.

Andrew H. Sweet
Andrew H. Sweet
  • Washington has repeatedly criticized Beijing's alleged attempts to bully neighbors with competing interests. President Joe Biden has sought to strengthen ties with Indo-Pacific allies to counter China's growing power.
  • "I reiterated that the U.S. will not leave Australia alone on the field, or perhaps I should say alone on the pitch, in the face of Chinese economic coercion," Blinken said at a press conference with visiting Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne.
  • "And we've made it clear to the PRC that such actions against our closest partners and allies will stymie improvements in our own relationship with China," Blinken said.
  • As tensions between the two countries have risen in recent years, China has imposed a slew of trade sanctions on Australian exports ranging from wine to coal.

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