US will act if threatened by China: Biden

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 US President Joe Biden emphasised the “serious challenges” that the US faces “across the world” and issued a warning to China that Washington “will act to protect sovereignty”.

Biden, while delivering his first major speech to a divided Congress after Republicans took control of the House of Representatives, said, “If China threatens our sovereignty, we will act to protect our country. Let’s be clear, winning the competition with China should unite all of us. We face serious challenges across the world. In the past two years, democracies have become stronger, not weaker.”

The US President claimed that when he assumed office, the narrative in the world was one in which China was growing in power and the US was losing ground.

“No longer. In his second State of the Union address at the US Capitol, Biden stated, “I’ve made clear with President Xi that we seek competition, not conflict.

According to him, the US better equipped than it has been in recent years to compete with China or anyone else in the world.

“I won’t apologise for the investments we are making to strengthen America. investing in American innovation and future-defining industries that China’s government wants to dominate. Putting money into our alliances and collaborating with them to keep our cutting-edge technologies safe from used against us.

To protect the stability and thwart aggression, we must modernise our military, according to Biden.

In addition, Biden reaffirmed his commitment to cooperating with China whenever doing so will serve both global and American interests.

The US President criticised “fighting for the sake of fighting” in Washington and reaffirmed that “winning the competition with China should unite all of us.” He was referring to Republicans who were working with him.

“Republican friends, we could work together,” he said.

“We’re often told that Democrats or Republicans can’t work together. But over the two years, we proved the cynics and naysayers wrong,” he said, pointing to several laws passed .

Notably, the relations between US and China deteriorated after a Chinese spy balloon spotted over American airspace.

China has rejected Washington’s request for a telephone call between US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin and his Beijing counterpart Wei Fenghe, The New York Times reported citing Pentagon. The request made on Saturday soon after a US fighter aircraft shot down a suspected Chinese spy balloon off the coast of South Carolina.

The Pentagon Press Secretary in an emailed statement said that Washington believes in maintaining communication between the US and China. He said that China has “declined” US’ request to arrange a call between Lloyd Austin and Wei Fenghe.

Moreover, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken postponed a trip to Beijing that due to take place last weekend after the balloon spotted in the American skies. The Chinese balloon first spotted over Montana, then it traversed the country before it shot down by US fighter aircraft. 


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