Blinken to outline U.S. policy on China

Blinken to outline U.S. policy on China

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will give a speech on Thursday, outlining U.S. policy towards China, the State DepartmentState Department said.

Blinken will give a speech at Washington's George Washington University at 11 a.m. at an event hosted by the Asia Society think tank, the State DepartmentState Department said in a statement.

After more than a year in office, the administration of President Joe Biden faces criticism from Republicans and others for not having a formal strategy for dealing with China, the world's second largest economy and Washington's main strategic rival.

In February of this year, the administration announced a strategy for the Indo-Pacific in which it vowed to commit more diplomatic and security resources to the region to counter what it sees as China's bid to create a regional sphere of influence.

It has said it is working on a separate strategy for China, but has faced a lot of distractions due to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

A source familiar with plans for the China strategy said last week that the contents covered by Blinken were not expected to be very detailed and would be a compilation of statements the administration has already made about China.

Biden is due to host the 10 nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations ASEAN at a summit in Washington on May 12 and May 13 and he is expected to visit Asia later in the month, including South Korea and Japan.

While U.S.-China relations remain tense over a wide range of issues, senior U.S. officials say that two months after warning that Beijing appeared poised to help Russia in its fight against Ukraine, they have not detected overt Chinese military and economic support - a welcome development.