The US must be clear-eyed about China’s long-term goals which may not be aligned with America’s national interests, a top Senator said today. “We can no longer afford to simply manage our differences with China as Beijing continues to challenge US power and disregard international norms. However, we should always seek cooperation in areas where we can work together, including reducing the threat posed by North Korea,” Senator Bob Corker, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said.
“I also believe that we must be clear-eyed about China’s long-term goals, which are not necessarily aligned with US’ national interests. Short-term gains should not come at the expense of long-term US national interests, values, rule of law, international norms and our alliance commitments, which we have many in the region,” Corker said during a confirmation hearing for the US Ambassador to China Terry Branstad.
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He also said the US must be direct and willing to use our leverage when China challenges US political, security and economic interests. Noting the US-China ties are one of the most consequential relationships for American national interests, Corker said the nature of relations between Washington and Beijing will have a profound impact on the security, prosperity and stability in the region for the coming years.