U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said there is increasing confrontation in Beijing-Washington relations, but cooperation is also present.
“I wouldn’t oversimplify and dwell on one definition. Obviously they (the relationship – ed.) have more and more aspects of confrontation, they are definitely competitive. But they’re also cooperative to some extent,” Blinken told CNN when asked if he views China as “the biggest adversary of the United States.”
EU foreign ministers had previously agreed to place four Chinese nationals and one organization on a sanctions list on human rights charges related to the persecution of the “Uighur Muslim minority in Xinjiang.” Later, the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom also announced sanctions against the PRC. The Chinese Foreign Ministry responded by imposing sanctions against the EU, the UK and also against individuals and organizations in the US and Canada.