The US perceives a more aggressive China

The United States said on Monday that Chinese President Xi Jinping was steering his country in a more “aggressive” direction but renewed his interest in cooperating with the Asian giant on shared interests as its leader prepares for a historic third term. .

Xi is due to be ratified within a week as secretary general of the Communist Party of China (CPC), a prelude to his re-election next year as China’s president, and cement himself as the most powerful leader since Mao Zedong.

“We have seen a very different China emerge in recent years under the leadership of Xi Jinping,” said the head of US diplomacy, Antony Blinken.

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“It is more repressive at home, it is more aggressive abroad. And in many cases that poses a challenge to our own interests as well as our own values,” she said at a forum at Stanford University, alongside former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

But Blinken said the relationship between the world’s two largest economies should not be reduced to a “bumper sticker.”

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