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FROM THE DESK OF

Secretary Antony J. Blinken, US DEPARTMENT of STATE

Last week I delivered an address on our Administration’s approach to the People’s Republic of China, the only country with both the intent to reshape the international order and the economic, diplomatic, military, and technological power to do it.

Our Strategy with China is “invest, align, compete.”

We will invest in our nation’s competitiveness, innovation, and democracy, we will align our efforts with allies and partners, and we will compete with China to defend our interests and build our vision for the future.

When we can engage constructively with China, we will – not as a favor to us or anyone else, and never in exchange for walking away from our principles, but because working together to solve great challenges is what the world expects from great powers, and because it’s directly in our interests to do so.

No country should withhold progress on existential transnational issues because of differences between us. The scale and scope of the challenge posed by the People’s Republic of China will test American diplomacy like nothing we’ve seen before.

There’s no reason why our great nations cannot coexist peacefully, and share in and contribute to human progress together. That’s what everything I said in my speech boils down to: advancing human progress, leaving to our children a world that’s more peaceful, more prosperous, and more free.

I’m looking forward to staying connected in the months to come. And I’d love to hear your thoughts – please share them by writing to me and my team at EmailTeam@State.gov.

Sincerely,

Secretary Antony J. Blinken

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