Alaska Meeting Highlights U.S.-China Divide

Current administration brings less aggressive stance, but similar goals.

Chinese officials and members of President Biden’s administration met for the first time Thursday in Alaska. Secretary of State Tony Blinken and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan met with their counterparts in Anchorage, where they laid out the concerns the United States has about the communist nation.

Ahead of the meeting, President Biden made it clear that it would not be the beginning of a dialogue, merely a declaration of where the U.S. stands. Secretary Blinken and Adviser Sullivan spoke out against the genocide against Uyghur Muslims in China, the destruction of democracy in Hong Kong, and other issues. Secretary Blinken’s opening statement lasted about an hour.

His Chinese counterpart delivered a 15-minute response in Chinese. He argued that the U.S. was overstepping into internal matters with their criticisms. They also argued American democracy was struggling and attributed ongoing racial strife in the U.S. to America’s mistreatment of minorities.

President Biden has adopted a less aggressive stance against China yet his policies and goals align with those of former President Trump.

Commenting on the meeting, Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse said, “I have many policy disagreements with the Biden administration, but every single American should unite against Beijing’s tyrants. Secretary Blinken and National Security Adviser Sullivan were right to say, ‘it’s never good to bet against America,’ and should continue to hold firm exposing Chairman Xi’s fraudulent lies.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the president’s administration to have discernment in their approach with China.
  • For Secretary Blinken and the relationships that the administration is making with other nations.
  • For wisdom for National Security Adviser Sullivan as he provides input to safeguard the country.

Sources: Daily Caller, Reuters


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