The United States, NATO and the European Union joined forces to confront Chinese aggression, after Washington and its allies announced coordinated sanctions against Chinese officials accused of committing human rights violations in Xinjiang. At the end of the two days in Brussels, Foreign Minister Anthony Blinken said that he wanted to work with US partners on “how to advance our common economic interests and confront some of Beijing’s aggressive and coercive measures, as well as its failures, in. At least in the past, in maintaining its international commitments.” Blinken: “The United States will not force the allies to choose between us or between them with China,” calling on Italy to abandon the new Silk Road: “There is no doubt that Beijing’s coercive behavior threatens our security and our prosperity, but this does not mean that countries cannot work with China Where possible, for example in challenges such as climate change and health security. “
Malik Foggy Bottom added, “We know that our allies have complex relationships with China, which will not always be completely compatible with our relations, but we must face these challenges together,” stressing how “when we act together, we are much stronger. And much more effective than if we did.” Alone. ”Blinken promised a new approach to working more closely with allies, and the assertion that Washington would not force them to side with the dragon represents a major change from former President Donald Trump’s call for a hard-line approach. For his part, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that The alliance “does not consider China an adversary, but it is clear that its rise has direct consequences for our security.” Then he indicated that Beijing is investing heavily in military equipment, including nuclear missiles, and “most importantly, it is a country that does not share our values.” We see it in the way they deal with the democratic protests in Hong Kong, how they are suppressing the Uyghur minorities, as well as how they are actually trying to undermine the international rules-based order. ”On the Russian level, the US Secretary of State made it clear that“ Washington continues to support NATO’s dual approach towards Russia, And strengthening our deterrence and defense, even with the presence of forces ready to fight in the eastern part of our coalition. ” He then raised the issue of possible US sanctions on the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline project between Russia and Germany in a meeting with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas. “President Biden was very clear when he made it clear that Nord Stream 2 was a bad idea – he repeated Blinken in a letter to the Allies, but directed specifically to Berlin – that it’s bad for Europe, it’s bad for the United States.” The head of US diplomacy also attended a press conference with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, who said: “I look forward to communicating with you, Tony, to strengthen the global supply chain for vaccines.” Another important occasion to assess cooperation between the European Union and the United States on vaccines will be today at the European Council meeting, in which Biden is almost also taking part.