Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin warned China the U.S. would not ‘flinch’ when its interests have been threatened, but added the Biden administration would not seek out confrontation. During a speech in Singapore on Tuesday, Austin said he has been committed to pursuing a constructive and stable relationship with China.
China imposed retaliatory sanctions against several U.S. citizens and entities. The sanctions were placed on Friday against multiple individuals, including former Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.
The U.S. and China are at odds in discussions over the South China Sea.
Communist China has added pressure on Joe Biden by warning against U.S. support for the freedom and democracy of Hong Kong. On Tuesday, Beijing released a statement on Tuesday, which urged the U.S. not to interfere with what it referred to as China’s internal affairs.