Firmness in the face of China, no new war… Donald Trump praised his record in a farewell speech, excerpts of which were made public on Tuesday. Joe Biden’s team agreed with him on his « firm stance » against China, while criticizing his diplomacy of unilateralism.
« We have reinvigorated our alliances and united the nations of the world to face China as never before, » he said, according to excerpts from the speech, which the White House says will be broadcast shortly. « I am especially proud to be the first president in decades not to have started a new war, » the Republican billionaire also boasted.
Donald Trump’s unilateralism called into question
Donald Trump « was right » to have a « firmer position against China », reacted Tuesday, Antony Blinken, the future Secretary of State of the President-elect of the United States Joe Biden, while marking his « disagreement » on the strategy of the Republican billionaire « on many points ».
However, Blinken said that this firmness should be based on a different diplomacy from the unilateralism he criticised the Republican government for. « We must face China from a position of strength, not weakness, » he argued, saying that this meant « working with allies rather than denigrating them, participating in and leading international institutions rather than disengaging from them.
In addition, Joe Bien’s future secretary of state said he shared the accusation of « genocide » perpetrated by China against Uighur Muslims, made public by Donald Trump’s outgoing administration on the last full day of his term. « It is also my opinion, » Blinken told a senator at a parliamentary hearing when asked whether he agreed with the charge of « genocide ».