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With “China House,” The US Will Take A New Diplomatic Approach To China.

The US Department of State’s newly established unit aims to develop “more consistent policy” toward China, a rival global power.

In the midst of growing tensions between the two superpowers, the United States has announced the establishment of a brand-new “China House” unit at the US Department of State with the responsibility of consolidating China-related policymaking.

On Friday, its creation was unveiled by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. The unit, which is formally known as the Office of China Coordination and goes by the name “China House,” will manage and carry out US priorities on a variety of topics, including economic policy and technology.

In a Friday press release, Blinken stated, “China House will ensure the US government is able to responsibly manage our competition with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and advance our vision for an open, inclusive international system.” We created China House with the intention of supporting the Administration’s approach to the PRC in some ways.

China’s rise to global power is expected to intensify rivalry between the US and China, which has been strained for a long time. However, leaders like Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi have emphasized the importance of cooperation between the two largest economies in the world, the United States and China, in order to make progress on issues like climate change.

In November, Chinese President Xi Jinping met with US President Joe Biden, and the two leaders talked about how important it is to work together to solve problems around the world. Biden told reporters after the meeting, “There need not be a new Cold War.”

In October, Jinping stated that China was “willing to work with the US to give mutual respect, coexist peacefully” and that the two countries needed to “find ways to get along.”

However, a number of issues, including China’s aggressive stance toward Taiwan and US efforts to undermine China’s technology sector, have strained relations between Beijing and Washington.

When Democrat Nancy Pelosi, one of the most powerful leaders in the US House of Representatives, traveled to Taiwan in August, she became the highest-ranking US official to do so in 25 years, escalating tensions even further.

China branded the trip as dangerous and provocative, which sparked a flurry of retaliatory actions that included unspecified sanctions against Pelosi, reduced trade with Taiwan, and a series of military exercises designed to demonstrate China’s military might.

In an assessment piece distributed in the Washington Post, Pelosi composed that the US “can’t hold on as the CCP (the Chinese Socialist Coalition) continues to compromise Taiwan – and a majority rule government itself”.

Although Taiwan, a self-governing island that China claims as its own, is not recognized by the US, the US is required by law to provide Taiwan with means of defense against a potential Chinese attack.

Trade and technology have also been topics of contention between the two powers. In October, the US declared a progression of new commodity controls, trying to subvert China’s admittance to semiconductors and obstruct mechanical and military advances by Beijing.

In response, China filed a lawsuit against the United States at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in the middle of December, claiming that the United States posed a threat to “the stability of the global industrial supply chains.”

 

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