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Washington puts pressure on Europe over China

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PARIS — US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman on Thursday condemned China's challenge of European security, economy, and values, calling on Europe to help the United States counter competition from Beijing.اضافة اعلان

"Even before President Xi (Jinping) and President (Vladimir) Putin declared their 'no limits' partnership in February, the PRC (People's Republic of China) has challenged Europe's security, Europe's economy, and Europe's values," Sherman, speaking from Washington, told European reporters by video link.

Sherman's comments came in the wake of a speech by her boss, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who recently identified Beijing as the main threat to world order, despite the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Washington accuses Beijing of wanting to reshape the world order.

In a speech on May 25, Blinken said Washington was engaged in vigorous competition with Beijing in order to preserve the current world order.

The Biden administration has spoken of the need to pressure China to play by the rules, including in its South China Sea and trade disputes.

"While Beijing may be thousands of miles away… the PRC's actions matter just as much for the future of Europe," Sherman said, welcoming current cooperation with Europe while still seeking to "align our approaches."

She added that "we are all looking at issues of supply chains," in the wake of the pandemic and the war in Ukraine.

"The US is not seeking conflict" with China nor to "sever our economy from the PRC."

"We don't want a new cold war," she said, but "we can't rely on Beijing to change its behavior."

She also stressed that the US was being vigilant over the alliance between Russia and China, threatening Beijing "with consequences" if the Chinese authorities ever decide to send military equipment to Russia.

"Quite frankly, I think Russia and Putin will be a pariah for a very long time, and I'm not sure the PRC will benefit," she added.

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