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investigation into alleged ties between the trump 2016 campaign and russia. then the founder and editor at large of the bulwark on some of president trump's influence on the gop, and the overall direction of the party heading into midterm elections this fall. watch "washington journal" live at 7:00 eastern friday morning, on c-span, or on c-span now, our free mobile app. join the discussion with our phone calls, text messages, facebook comments, text messages and tweets. >> secretary of state anthony blinken on the biden strategy on china, hosted by the george washington university. this is 45 minutes. [applause] >> thank you. good morning. it's a real pleasure to be here at the george washington university. this is an institution that
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draws outstanding students and scholars from around the world and where the most urgent challenges that we face as a country and a planet studied and debated, so thank you for having us here today. and i especially want to thank our friends at the society dedicated to forging ties with the people in countries of asia to enhance peace, prosperity, freedom, sustainability. thank you for hosting us today. but thank you for your leadership everyday. kevin, wendy, danny, all colleagues, all thought leaders, but also doors. and i have to say, i am really grateful, senator romney, for your presence here today. in man, a leader that i greatly admire, a person of tremendous principal who has been leading on the subject that we are going to talk about today. thank you for your presence. and i am also delighted to see
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so many members. diplomacy is the indispensable tool for shaping our shared future. the past few years, we have come together to fight the covid-19 pandemic and prepare for future global health emergencies, rebuild from economic shocks, supply chain
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-- supply chain disruptions to debt crises and take on climate change and reimagine energy future that's cleaner, more secure, and more affordable. the common denominator across these efforts is the simple fact that none of us can meet these challenges alone, we have to face them together. that's why we put diplomacy back at the center of american foreign-policy to help us realize the future that americans and people around the world seek. technology used to lift people up and not suppress them. or trade and commerce support workers, raise incomes, create opportunity. where universally human rights are respected. countries are secure from aggression and people, ideas, goods and capital move freely, and where nations can forge their own pets and work together effectively in common cause. to build that future we must defend and reform the
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rules-based international order. the system of laws, agreements, principles and institutions that the world came together to build after two world wars to manage relations between states, prevent conflict and uphold the rights of all people. the founding documents include the u.n. charter and the universal declaration of human rights, which enshrine concepts like self-determination, sovereignty, the peaceful settlement of disputes. these are not western constructs, they are reflections of the world's shared aspirations. in the decades since, despite daunting challenges and gaps between our ideals and some of the results we have achieved, the countries of the world have avoided in another world war and armed conflict between nuclear
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powers. we built a global economy that lifted billions of people out of poverty. we advanced human rights as never before. now, as we look to the future, we want not just to sustain the international order that makes so much of that possible, but to modernize it, to make sure it represents the interest, the values, the hopes of all nations big and small from every region. and furthermore, that it can meet the challenges that we face now and will face in the future, many of which are beyond what the world could've imagined seven decades ago. but that outcome is not guaranteed because the foundations of the international order are under serious and sustained challenge. russian president vladimir putin poses a clear and present threat. in attacking the ukraine a few months ago, he attacked the principles of territorial integrity enshrined in the charter to protect our countries from being coursed. that's why so many countries have united to oppose this aggression because they see it as a direct assault on their own peace and security. ukraine deciding violently to defend its people and independence with assistance from the united states and countries around the world. and while the war's not over, president putin have's failed to achieve a single one of his gains. instead of erasing ukraine's independence, he strengthened it. instead of dividing nato, he's united it. instead of asserting russian
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strength, he has undermined it. instead of weakening the international order, he has brought countries together to defend it. even though president putin's war continues, we will remain focus on the most serious, long-term challenge to the international order posed by the people's republic of china. china is the only country with both the intent to reshape the international order and increasingly the economic diplomatic military and technological power to do it. the decision would move us away from the universal values that have sustained so much of the world's progress over the past 75 years. china is also integral to the global economy and our ability to solve challenges from climate to covid. put simply, the united states and china have to deal with each other for the foreseeable future. that's why this is one of the most complex and consequential relationships of any that we have had in the world today. over the last year the biden administration developed and implemented a comprehensive strategy to harness our national strengths and our unmatched networks of allies and partners to realize the future that we see.
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we are not looking for conflict or a new war. to the contrary, we are determined to avoid both. we don't seek to block china from its role as a major power, nor to stop china or any other country from growing their economy or advancing the interests of their people. that we will defend and strengthen the international law and institutions that maintain peace and security. protect the rights of individuals and sovereign nations and make it possible for all countries, including the united states and china, to coexist and cooperate. now, the china of today is very different from the china 50 years ago when president nixon broke decades of strained relations to become the first u.s. president to visit the country. then, china was isolated and struggling with widespread poverty and hunger. now, china is a global power with extraordinary reach, influence and in fission. is second largest economy.
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it has fortified cities and public transportation networks. it's holding some of the world's largest technology companies and seeks to dominate in the future. it's rapidly modernized its military and intensive become a top-tier fighting force with global reach. in its ambition and become the world's leading power. reservation and technology leadership. but we took those foundations for granted and so it's time to get back to basics. the biden administration is making far-reaching investments and are poor sources of national strength. to sustain and expand our technological influence, make our economy supply chains more resilient, sharpen our competitive edge. last year president biden signed into law the largest
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infrastructure investment in our history to modernize our highways, airports, rail and bridges to boost markets faster and boost our productivity. to draw more businesses and more jobs to more parts of america. making strategic investments in worker training so that american workers, the best in the world, can design, build and operate the technology of the future. because our industrial strategy centers on technology. we want to invest in research, development, advanced manufacturing. 60 years ago our government spent more than twice as much on research as a percentage of our economy as we do now. investments that capitalize innovation. that's how we won the space race, built the internet. we used to rank first in the world in r&d as a proportion of our gdp. now, we are -- meanwhile, china has risen from eighth place to
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second. with bipartisan congressional support we will reverse these trends and make historic investments in research and innovation, including in fields like artificial intelligence, quantum computing. these are areas that beijing is determined to lead.
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given america's advances, the competition is ours to lose. not only in terms of developing new technologies, but also in shaping how they are used around the world so that they are rooted in democratic values, not authoritarian ones. leadership, senator romney and others, the house and senate have passed bills to support the agenda, including ilion's to produce semiconductors here and strengthen other supply chains. now, we need congress to send the legislation of the president for his signature. we can get this done. and it can't wait. supply chains are moving now. if we don't draw them here, they will be established somewhere else. as president biden has said, the chinese communist party is lobbying against this legislation because there's no better way to enhance our global standing and influence them to deliver on our domestic renewal. these investments will not only make america stronger, they will make us a stronger partner and ally as well. one of the most powerful, even magical things about the united states is that we belong in a destination for talented driven
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people for every part of the planet. that includes students from china who have enriched our communities and forged lifelong bonds with americans. last year, despite the pandemic, we issued more than 100,000 visas to chinese students in just four months. our highest rate ever. we are thrilled that they have chosen to study in the united states, we are lucky to have them, and we are lucky when the best global talent not only studies here, but stays here. more than 80% of chinese students have received signs and technologies phd's in the united states have done in the recent years. they help drive innovation here at home, and that benefits all of us. we can stay vigilant about our national security without closing our doors. we also know from our history that when we are managing a challenging relationship with another government, people from that country or with that heritage can be made to feel that they don't belong here, or that they are adversaries. nothing could be further from the truth. chinese-americans made in valuable contributions to our country and have done so for generations. mistreatment of some of chinese descent goes against everything in our country. whether you are living here or any other asian american who has claimed to this country that is equal to anyone else. racism and hate have no place by a built by immigrants for the purpose of opportunity for all.
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we have profound differences for the chinese communist party. we want to invest in research, development, manufacturing. our government spent more than twice as much as we do now.
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it is how we want the space race. we still rank first in the world , now we are not. meanwhile, china has risen to second place. we can reverse these trends and make the investments and resources like quantum computing. given america's advantages, the competition is ours to lose. not only in developing new technologies but also in how they are used around the world, not authoritarian ones. senator romney and others,
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including billions to improve semiconductors here and for supply chains. we can get this done. it cannot wait. supply chains are moving now. if we do not do them here it will be established somewhere else. as president biden has said, the chinese communist party is lobbying against this legislation because there's no better way to enhance our global standing and influence them to deliver on our domestic renewal. these investments will not only make america stronger, they will make us a stronger partner and ally as well. one of the most powerful, even magical things about the united states is that we belong in a destination for talented driven people for every part of the planet.
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that includes students from china who have enriched our communities and forged lifelong bonds with americans. last year, despite the pandemic, we issued more than 100,000 visas to chinese students in just four months. our highest rate ever. we are thrilled that they have chosen to study in the united states, we are lucky to have them, and we are lucky when the best global talent not only studies here, but stays here. more than 80% of chinese students have received signs and technologies phd's in the united states have done in the recent years. they help drive innovation here at home, and that benefits all of us. we can stay vigilant about our national security without closing our doors. we also know from our history that when we are managing a challenging relationship with another government, people from that country or with that heritage can be made to feel
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that they don't belong here, or that they are adversaries. nothing could be further from the truth. chinese-americans made in valuable contributions to our country and have done so for generations. mistreatment of some of chinese descent goes against everything in our country. whether you are living here or any other asian american who has claimed to this country that is equal to anyone else. racism and hate have no place by a built by immigrants for the purpose of opportunity for all. we have profound differences for the chinese communist party. the chinese government, but those differences are between governments and systems, not between our people. the american people have great respect for the chinese people. we respect their achievements, their history, their culture. we deeply value the friendship and family that can access and we sincerely wish for our governments to work together on
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issues that matter to their lives and to the lives of americans in the lives of people around the world. there is another poor source of national strength that we will be relying on in this decisive decade. our democracy. a hundred years ago, if asked what constitutes the wealth of the nation, we might lose the expense of our lands, the size of our population, the strength of our military, the abundance of our natural resources. and thankfully, we still have all of those attributes. but more than ever, and the 21st century, the true wealth of the nation is found in our people, the human resources and our ability to unleash their full potential.
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we do that with our democratic system. we debate, we argue, we disagree, we challenge each other, including our elected leaders. we deal with our deficiencies openly. we don't pretend they don't exist or sweep them under the rug. in progress can painfully slow and be difficult and ugly, by and large, we constantly work towards a society where people from all backgrounds can flourish, guided by national values that unite, motivate and uplift us. we are not perfect. but at our best, we always strive to be. in the words of our constitution, a more perfect union. our democracy is designed to make that happen. that's what the american people at america model offer and it's one of the most powerful assets in this country. now, beijing believes that its model is the better one. that a party led centralized system is more efficient, less messy, ultimately superior to democracy. we do not seek to transform
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china's political system. our task is to prove once again that democracy can be urgent challenges, create opportunity, advance human dignity. the future belongs to those who believe in freedom and that all countries will be free to track their own paths without coercion. the second piece of our strategy is aligning with our allies and partners to advance the shared vision of the future. from day one, the biden administration has worked to re-energize america's unmatched network of alliances and partnerships and reengage in international constitutions. we are encouraging partners to work with each other and to regional and global organizations and we are setting up new coalitions to deliver our people and meet the task to the century ahead. nowhere is this more true than in the end of pacific region
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where our relationships and treaty alliances are among our strongest in the world. the united states shares the position that countries and people across the region hope and want a free and open where rules are developed transparently. and countries are free to make their own sovereign decisions. where goods, ideas and people fro freely across lands, skies, cyber and governance responses to the people. president biden reinforce these priorities with a strip to the region where he reaffirmed our vital security lines in south korea and japan and deepened our technology cooperation with both countries. he launched the endo pacific economic -- for prosperity. the first of its kind for the region. in the president's words, it will help all of our countries economies grow faster and fairer. it renews american leadership and adapted to the 21st century by addressing cutting edge issues like jewel economy, supply chains, clean infrastructure and the power of corruption.
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a dozen countries, including india, have already joined. together, members make up more than one third of the global economy. the president also took part in the leader summit of the quad countries. australia, japan, india, the united states. they never met at the level before president biden took office. since he convened the first meeting last year, the quad has held for summits and has become a leading regional team. this week it launched a new indo pacific partnership for maritime awareness. so our partners across the region could better monitor the waters of their shores to address the local fishing and protect their local maritime rights in their local sovereignty. we are reintegrating our cooperation with -- we hosted the summit to take on urgent issues like public health and the climate crisis, together. this week, seven countries became founding members of the endo pacific economic framework and we are building ridges among our indo pacific and european partners, including by inviting allies to the nato summit next month. we have decent stability in the indo pacific. for example, with the new security partnership between
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australia, the united kingdom and the united states known as august. in other countries in the region and around the world we are helping defeat covid-19. united states has provided nearly $20 billion to the global pandemic response. that includes more than 540 million doses of safe and effective vaccines donated, not sold, with no political strings attached, on our way to 1.2 billion doses worldwide. and we are coordinating with a group of 19 countries in a global action plan to get shots into arms. with this diplomacy we are more aligned with partners across the indo pacific and we are working in a more coordinated way towards our shared goals. we also deepen our alignment across the atlantic. we've launched the u.s.-eu trade and technology last year. marshaling the combined weight of nearly 50% of the world's gdp. last week i joined secretary raimondo in our european commissioner to work together on
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new technology standards, coordinate on investment screening, strength supply chains, boost green tech and improve food security and digital infrastructure in developing countries. meanwhile, we set aside 17 years of litigation about aircraft. instead of arguing with each other, we are looking to secure a level playing field in that sector. similarly, we worked with the european union to resolve aluminum imports. and now we are coming together around the shared vision of higher climate standards and protecting our workers and industries from beijing's delivered efforts to distort the markets to its advantage. we are partnering with european union's and protecting our citizens privacy while strengthening an economy that depends on this. with the g20 we reached a
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landmark deal on a global minimum tax to halt the race to the bottom. make sure that big corporations have their fair share and give countries more resources to invest in their people. more than 130 countries have signed on so far. we and our g7 partners are pursuing a coordinated, high standard and transparent approach to meet the infrastructure need in developing countries. we've convened global summits on defeating local -- covid-19 and rejoined the u.n. human rights council and the who, the world health organization. at a moment of great testing, we and our allies have re-energize nato, which is now as strong as ever. these actions are all aimed at defending and necessary reforming the rules based order that should benefit all nations. we want to lead a race to the top on tech, climate, infrastructure, global health and inclusive economic growth,
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and we want to strengthen a system in which as many countries as possible could come together to cooperate effectively, resolve differences peacefully as sovereign equals. our diplomacy is based on partnership and respect for each other's interests. we don't expect every country to have the exact same assessment of china as we do. we know that many countries, including the united states, have vital economic for people's ties to china that they want to preserve. this is not about forcing countries to choose, it's about giving them a choice. so that, for example, the only option is an in opaque investment that leaves countries indebted, harms the environment, fails to create jobs or growth and compromises countries exercising their sovereignty. we have heard first-hand about buyers rumors -- buyers remorse that these deals can leave behind. we already consulting with our
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partners, listening to them, taking their concerns to heart, building solutions that address their challenges and priorities. there is growing convergence about the need to approach relations with beijing with more realism. many of our partners already know from painful experience how beijing can come down hard when they make choices that it dislikes. like last spring, when beijing cut off chinese students and tourists from traveling to australia and imposed an 80% tariff on australian exports because the government called for an independent inquiry. or last november, when they used water cannons to stop a recent supply of the navy ship in the south china sea. actions like these remind the world of how beijing can retaliate against perceived opposition. there is another area we share with our allies and partners, human rights. the united states stands for countries and people around the world against the genocide and crimes against humanity
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happening in the region where more than one million people have been placed in detention camps because of their ethnic and religious identity. we stand together on to bet, where the authorities continue their wage a campaign against the language and tradition. and in hong kong where the chinese communist party has imposed harsh antidemocratic measures under the guise of national security. now, beijing insists that these are somehow internal matters that others have no rights to raise. that is wrong. it's treatment of ethnic and religious minorities in tibet, along with other actions go against the court tense of the u.n. charter that beijing constantly sites and that declaration of human rights that all countries are meant to adhere to. beijing's caution and freedom in hong kong violates its handover commitments enshrined in a treaty deposited at the united nations. we will continue to raise these issues and call for change, not to stand against china, but to stand up for peace, security and human dignity. that brings us to the third element of our strategy.
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thanks to increased investments at home, and greater alignment with allies and partners, we are well-positioned to outcompete china in key areas. for example, beijing wants to put itself at the center of global innovation and manufacturing, increase other countries technological dependence and then use that dependence to impose its foreign policy preference. in beijing is going to great lengths to win this contest. for example, taking advantage of the openness of our countries to know how to advance its military innovation and entrench its surveillance state.
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so, as we make sure the next wave of innovation is unleashed by the united states at our allies and partners, we will also protect ourselves against efforts for ingenuity or imperil our security. we are sharpening our tools to safeguard our competitive's. it's new and stronger export controls to make sure our innovation does not end up in the wrong hands. protections for academic resource -- research to create an open, secure environment for signs. better cyber defenses, stronger security for sensitive data, and sharper investment screening measures to defend companies in countries against beijing's efforts to gain access for a technology, data or critical infrastructure. compromise supply chains or dominate key sectors.
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we believe and we expect the business community to understand that the price of admission to china's market must not be the sacrifice of our core values or long-term competitive and technological advances. we are counting on businesses to pursue growth responsibly, assessed risks soberly, and work with us, not only to protect but to strengthen our national security. for too long chinese companies have enjoyed a far greater access to our markets and our companies have in china. for example, americans who want to communicate via we chat are free to do so. but the new york times and twitter are prohibited to the chinese people. except those working for the government who use these platforms to spread propaganda and disinformation. american companies operate in
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china the septum -- subject systematic force -- while companies in america have been protected by rule of law. chinese filmmakers can freely market their movies without censorship by the u.s. government. the beijing strictly limits the number of those that are allowed that are subjected to heavy-handed political censorship. china's businesses in the united states don't fear using our impartial legal system to defend their rights. they are frequently in court asserting claims against the united states government. the same is true for our foreign friends in china. this lack of reciprocity is unacceptable and is unsustainable. consider what happened and still markets. beijing was over invested by chinese companies, which then flooded the global market with cheap steel. unlike u.s. companies, chinese companies don't need to make a profit, they just get another objection of state owned credit when funds are running low. they do little to control pollution or protect the rights of their workers, which keeps costs down. as a consequence china accounts for more than half of global
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steel production, driving companies as well as factories in india, mexico, indonesia and elsewhere, out of the market. we have seen the same model when it comes to solar panels, electric car batteries. heat sectors of the 21st century economy that we cannot allow to become completely dependent on china. economic manipulation has cost a million -- american workers millions of jobs. this harms workers around the world. we will push back on market distorting policies and practices like subsidies and market access barriers where china's government has used it for years to gain competitive advantage. we will boost supply chains and resilience by reassuring production or sourcing materials from other countries that are sent to sectors like pharmaceuticals and critical mineral so we are not dependent on any one supplier. we will stand against economic coercion and make sure american countries don't -- including forced labor. in short, we will fight for american workers with every tool we have. just as we know that our
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partners will fight for their workers. the united states does not want to sever china's economy from ours or for the global economy. though beijing, despite its rhetoric, is pursuing asymmetric decoupling seeking to make china less dependent on the world and the world more dependent on china. for our part, we want investment, as long as they are fair and don't jeopardize our national security. china has formidable economic resources, including a highly capable workforce. we are confident that our workers, our companies will compete successfully and we welcome that competition on a level playing field. as we push back responsibly on unfair technology, we will work to maintain ties connecting the united states and china, keeping it consistent with our interests and values. beijing may not be willing to change its behavior, but if it takes concrete actions to address the concerns that we and many other countries are voiced, we will respond positively. competition need not lead to conflict.
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we do not seek it, we will work to avoid it. but we will defend our interests against any threats. to that end, president biden has at -- has obstructed the department of defense to hold china as its pacing challenge to ensure that our military stays ahead. we seek to reserve peace to the new approach that we call integrated deterrence, bringing in partners, working across the convention, the nuclear space and information domain, drawing on our economics, technology and diplomacy. yemen is trish ration his shifting developments away from platforms that were designed for the 20th century, towards asymmetric systems that are longer-range, harder to find, easier to move. we are developing new concepts to guide how we develop military
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operations that we are diversifying our global footprint, fortifying our networks, and space-based capabilities. we will help our allies and partners in the region with their own asymmetric capabilities. we will continue to oppose beijing's unlawful activities in the south and east china seas. 36 years ago an international tribunal found that beijing's claims in the south china sea has no basis in international law. we will support the region of coastal states in upholding their maritime rights. we will work with allies and partners to uphold freedom of navigation and overflight, which has enabled the region for decades. we will continue to fly in sale
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wherever international law allows. on taiwan, our approach has been consistent across decades and administrations. the president has said that our policy has not changed. the united states remains committed town one china policy. it's got it by the successor -- six assurances. we oppose any unilateral changes to the status quo from either side. we don't support taiwan's independence and we expect cross rate differences to be resolved. we continue to have an abiding interest in peace and stability across the taiwan strait. we will continue to uphold our commitments on the relations act to assist taiwan in maintaining a sufficient self-defense capability and as indicated in the tra, to maintain our capacity to resist any resort to
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force or other forms that would jeopardize our securities, social or economic system of taiwan. we enjoyed strong relations with taiwan. a vibrant democracy and leading economy in the nation. we will continue to expand our cooperation with taiwan upon our shared interests and values. support the meaningful participation in the international community, deep in our economic ties consistent with our one china policy. why -- while our policy has not changed, what has changed is the coercion, like china cut off countries around the world and blocking it from participating in international organization. beijing has engaged in provocative rhetoric and activity. like flying aircraft near taiwan on an almost daily basis. these words and actions are deeply destabilizing. they risk miscalculation and threaten the peace and security of the taiwan strait. as we saw from the president's discussion in the indo pacific. maintaining stability across the straight is not just the u.s., it is a matter of international concern critical to security and prosperity. as president biden likes to say, the only conflict worse than intended one is the non-intended one. we will manage this relationship
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responsibly to prevent that from happening with prioritize crisis communications and risk reduction measures in beijing. we remain committed to intense diplomacy and competition. even as we invest, align and compete, we will work together in beijing where our interests come together and we can't let that disagreements that divide us stop us from moving forward for the good of our people and for the good of the world. that starts with climate. china and the united states had years of a stalemate that stabilize the world which galvanized the world where the climate diplomacy launched in 2013 between china and the united states, unleash global momentum that produce the paris agreement. last year at cop 26 the united states and china issued the glascow joint declaration to work together to address initiatives from methane to coal. climate is not about ideology, it's about math. there is simply no way to solve climate change without china's leadership. the country that produces 28% of global emissions. the international energy agency made clear that if china sticks with its current plan does not peak its emissions until 2030,
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than the rest of the world must go to zero by 2035. and that's simply not possible. today, about 20 nations are responsible for 80% of admissions. china's number one, united states is number two. unless we all do much more, much faster, the financial and human cost will be catastrophic. plus, competing on clean energy and climate policy can produce results that benefit everyone. the progress the united states and china make together, including through the working group established, is vital to success in avoiding the worst consequences of this crisis. i urge china to join us in accelerating the pace of these shared efforts. likewise, on the covid-19 pandemic, our fate in our hearts go out to the chinese people as they deal with this latest wave. we have been through our own deeply painful ordeal with covid , that's why we are so convinced that all countries need to work
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together to vaccinate the world. not in exchange for favors or political concessions, but for the simple reason that no country will be safe until all are safe. and all nations must transparently share data and samples and have access to new variance in reemerging packages to prevent the next pandemic even as we fight the current one. on proliferation on arms control, it's all of our interest to uphold the rules, the norms and treaties that reduce the spread and weapons of mass -- mass destruction. china has to work with other countries to address iran and north korea's nuclear programs. we remain ready to address our respect to responsibility of the nuclear powers. to counter illegal and illicit narcotics, especially fentanyl,
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that killed more than 100,000 americans last year. we want to work with china to stop international drug trafficking organizations -- many of which originated in china. as the global food crisis threaten peoples worldwide, we look to china to help with the global response. last week at the united nations, the united states convened a meeting with foreign minister's to strengthen global food security. we extended the invitation to china to join and we will continue to do so. as the world's economy recovers from the devastation of the pandemic, global macroeconomic coordination between china is key between the g20, imf, and bilaterally. that comes with the territory of being the world's two largest economies. in short, we will engage construction over china wherever he can. not as a favor to us or anyone else, and never in exchange of walking away from our principles, but working together to celebrate challenges is what the world expects.
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and because it's directly in our interest. no country should withhold process on existential transnational issues because of bilateral differences. the scale and the scope of the challenge posed by the people's republic of china will test america's diplomacy like nothing we have seen before. i'm determined to give the state department diplomatic tools they need to meet this head on his part of my modernization agenda. this includes building a china house, a departmentwide integrated team that will coordinate and implement policies across regions working with congress as needed. and here, i must mention an outstanding team of our embassy in beijing and our conflicts across china led by the
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ambassador. they do exceptional work every day and many have been doing their jobs in recent weeks during these intense covid lockdowns. despite extreme conditions, they persisted and we are grateful for this terrific team. i have never been more convinced about the power and the purpose of american diplomacy or sure about our capacity to meet the challenges of this decade. to the american people, let's recommit to investing in our core strengths, and our people, and our democracy, and our innovative spirit. as president biden often says, it's never a good bet to bet against america. but let's bet on ourselves and when the competition for the future. to countries around the world committed to building an open,
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secure and prosperous future, let's work in common cause to uphold the principles that make our shared process possible and stand up for the right of every nation to write its own future. and to the people of china, we will compete with confidence, we will cooperate wherever we can, we will contest where we must. we do not seek conflict. there is no reason why our great nations cannot coexist peacefully and contribute to human process together. that's what everything i said today boils down to, advancing human progress. lee -- leaving to our children a world that's more peaceful, more prosperous, and more free. thank you very much for listening. [applause] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2022] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit]
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>> here is a live look at some of our programming on friday. president biden speaks at the naval academy commencement ceremony. this goes underway at 10:00 a.m. eastern on c-span. former president donald trump about senator abbott and ted cruz are expected to give remarks at the conference in
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