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The US views China as a serious and long-term threat to the global order, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said.

He noted that the Biden administration is seeking to turn the international bloc opposed to the war in Ukraine into a broader coalition to counter what it sees as a more serious and long-term threat to the global order from China.

In a speech outlining the administration's China policy, Blinken outlined a three-pronged approach to competing with Beijing in the race to determine the economic and military balance of the 21st century.

According to him, while the US views the war in Ukraine as the most acute and immediate threat to international stability, the US administration believes that China poses a greater danger.

“President Biden believes this decade will be decisive,” Blinken said in a major China policy speech on Thursday. “The actions we take at home and with countries worldwide will determine whether our shared vision of the future will be realised.”

“China is the only country with both the intent to reshape the international order – and, increasingly, the economic, diplomatic, military and technological power to do it,” he noted.

“Beijing’s vision would move us away from the universal values that have sustained so much of the world’s progress over the past 75 years,” he warned, reassuring smaller powers that Washington was not forcing other nations to pick a side, but rather “give them a choice”.

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