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U.S. works with partners to counter China’s aggressive behavior (June 30)
June 30, 2020

FILE – In this June 29, 2019, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump, left, shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Osaka, western Japan.

The U.S. is committed to working with international partners to uphold core values and freedoms.

According to a new report published by the White House with input from 20 departments and agencies, the U.S. seeks to protect the widely accepted international order against violations of global rules and norms by the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

In the “United States Strategic Approach to the People’s Republic of China,” issued May 20, the U.S. government states that deepening engagement with the PRC has not produced the hoped-for “fundamental economic and political opening” in China. Instead, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) aggressively threatens other countries and its own citizens.

Not only does the CCP’s “expanding use of economic, political, and military power to compel acquiescence from nation states” harm vital American interests, the report says, it also “undermines the sovereignty and dignity of countries and individuals around the world.”

The challenge from China

PRC military members march in Beijing, October 1, 2019, at a celebration of the 70th anniversary of the PRC’s founding. (© Ng Han Guan/AP Images)

The report offers a “clear-­eyed assessment” of the CCP’s challenges to the free and open international order:

  • The CCP’s “military-civil fusion” strategy exploits the freedoms that drive innovation to steal technology from other nations and advance the Chinese military.
  • The CCP persecutes Uyghur and other religious and ethnic minorities, jails political activists and journalists and censors the media.
  • The PRC’s opaque lending under its Belt and Road Initiative stifles sustainable development in the places that need it most.
  • The PRC militarizes disputed features in the South China Sea and asserts maritime claims that are inconsistent with international law.

U.S. commitment to core values

U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo addresses the Indo-Pacific Business Forum July 30, 2018, at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington. (© Jacquelyn Martin/AP Images)

The report describes why the United States has adopted a competitive approach to protect U.S. interests and impose costs on the CCP for its harmful actions. By working with international partners, the U.S. will uphold core values, including human rightsreligious freedom and freedom of navigation.

The United States is committed “to the fundamental values and norms that have served as the foundation of the international system since the end of the Second World War,” the report says.