Antony Blinken on War & Peace



US committed to Taiwan being able to defend itself

Q: Will US come to Taiwan's defense if China invades?

BLINKEN: There is no change in our policy. We've had a longstanding commitment pursuant to the Taiwan Relations Act, to make sure that Taiwan has the means to defend itself. And we stand by that. The president stood by that strongly. And we want to make sure that no one takes any unilateral action that would disrupt the status quo with regard to Taiwan. That hasn't changed.

Source: CNN SOTU 2021 interview of U.S. Secretary of State , Oct 31, 2021

It was in our interests to end America's longest war

One of the things we're doing at the State Department is reviewing everything that we did going back to 2020 because we have to learn every possible lesson from the last couple of years, but also, by the way, from the last 20 years. This was America's longest war. President Biden ended the longest war. He made sure that another generation of Americans would not have to go to fight and die in Afghanistan. And I think that's profoundly what the American people want and is in our interests.
Source: CBS Face the Nation 2021 interview of Secretary of State , Oct 31, 2021

Not in national interest to be bogged down in Afghanistan

I come back to this proposition that in terms of what we set out to do in Afghanistan, the reason we were there in the first place, to deal with those who attacked us on 9/11, we succeeded in doing that. and that message, I think, should ring out very strongly. It's also true that there's nothing that our strategic competitors around the world would like more than to see us bogged down in Afghanistan for another five, 10, or 20 years. That is not in the national interest.
Source: ABC This Week 2021 interview of U.S. Secretary of State , Aug 15, 2021

Talked with Russia about need for new arms control

Blinken spoke with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Secretary Blinken and Minister Lavrov discussed the New START extension and the need for new arms control that addresses all of Russia's nuclear weapons and the growing threat from China. The Secretary raised Russian interference in the 2020 United States election, its military aggression in Ukraine and Georgia, the poisoning of Aleksey Navalny, and the SolarWinds incident, among other issues.
Source: Biden Administration Press Release from state.gov , Feb 4, 2021

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