Joe Biden: “If China threatens our sovereignty, we will act to protect our country”

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The president reaffirmed his commitment to work with the Asian giant, but stressed that defense is the priority after the shooting down of the spy balloon that was flying over US territory

Biden's State of the Union Address

United States President Joe Biden, warned this Tuesday night that if China threatens the sovereignty of his country, it will act as it has already done, in a clear allusion to the shooting down of the Chinese spy balloon that flew over the US territory last week.

“I am committed to working with China on what can advance US interests and benefit the world. But make no mistake: As we made clear last week, if China threatens our sovereignty, we will act to protect our country. And so we did ”, he said in his State of the Union address.

Biden assured that in his meeting with the president of China, Xi Jinping, held in Bali last November in parallel to the G20 summit, he told him that what they should look for among themselves is “competition, not conflict< /b>”.

And he said that he does not plan to apologize for betting on that competition and “investing to make America strong” and betting on innovation, on industries that will define the future and that China tries to dominate.

After days of flying over the country, the United States shot down the artifact

For its part, the Chinese regime respondedthis Wednesday to Biden's message. “We will firmly uphold China's sovereignty, security and development interests,” said Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning, urging the United States to “work with China to return Sino-US relations to the path of development.” healthy and stable.”

In his annual message to Congress, Biden also advocated continuing to invest, along with his allies, to protect advanced technologies and prevent them from being used against USA, and modernize the forces the armed forces to safeguard stability and prevent aggression.

Biden considered that the United States currently has “the strongest position in decades to compete with China or anyone else in the world.”

In addition, he stressed that in the last two years -in which the world has passed the COVID pandemic- democracies have become stronger, and not weaker, while autocracies “have become weaker, and not stronger”. .

The already complicated relations between the United States and China have been considerably strained in recent days after a Chinese spy balloon was discovered flying over US territory.

Biden learned of the existence of the balloon a week ago and the Pentagon confirmed it last Thursday. The balloon crossed the country for several days and was shot down on Saturday when it was already over the Atlantic.

The appearance of the balloon prompted the Secretary of State for The US, Antony Blinken, suspend his trip to Beijing, a cooling of relations. A visit that the United States had sold as an opportunity to relax tensions, iron out differences and prevent competition or dilemmas between the two countries from ending in a conflict. EFE

(With information from EFE and AFP)

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