- 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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