Blinken: China’s ‘Aggressive Actions’ a Cause of ‘Concern’ in Asia, Threaten $3 Trillion in Commerce

SPUTNIK – DECEMBER 2021

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has justified a greater American economic and security involvement in the Asia-Pacific, linking stability in the region to the “prosperity” of the United States. Blinken said on Tuesday that the “Indo-Pacific region will shape the trajectory of the world in the 21st century”.US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday called out China for its “aggressive actions” across Asia, as he argued that nations in the region wanted the “behaviour to change”.”That’s why there is so much concern from North East Asia to South East Asia, from the Mekong River to the Pacific Islands, about Beijing’s aggressive actions”, Blinken said during a key speech in Jakarta.

“Claiming open seas as their own… Distorting open markets through subsidies with state-run companies… Denying exports or revoking deals with country’s policies it doesn’t agree with… Engaging in illegal fishing and other activities. Countries across the region want this behaviour to change. We do too”, he added.The US top diplomat’s address sought to underline the Joe Biden administration’s policy towards the Indo-Pacific region.

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