Blinken to detail U.S. strategy for China

STORY: U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken says he will soon lay out the Biden White House strategy for dealing with China’s emergence as a great power.

After more than a year since Biden took office, the administration has taken flak from Republicans for lacking a formal approach to Washington’s main strategic competitor.

Blinken spoke to a Tuesday hearing at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

"I will have an opportunity I think, very soon in the coming weeks to speak publicly and in some detail about the strategy.”

Blinken faced grilling from Senator Mitt Romney on a military agreement signed between China and the Solomon Islands.

“Our lead China expert at the White House, Kurt Campbell, along with the assistant secretary for the region, Dan Kryten Brink, led a delegation to the Solomon Islands.

The delegation met with the prime minister [Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare]. He vowed publicly as well as privately, that there would be no Chinese military base, no long-term presence, no power projection capability. We will be watching that very, very closely in the weeks and months ahead."

A source familiar with the plans, however, said that the China plans Blinken covers publicly won’t be very detailed.

U.S. President Joe Biden will host ASEAN leaders at a summit in Washington on May the 12th and 13th and he is expected to visit Asia, including South Korea and Japan, later in the month.

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