The U.S. recognizes long-term strategic competition with China, but Washington is open to constructive engagement and cooperation with Beijing when there is a convergence of interests, according to a report published on Wednesday, “The U.S. strategic approach to the People’s Republic of China.
The report was presented by the US Presidential Administration to members of Congress on Tuesday. It outlines the U.S. national approach to China as part of the National Security Strategy, according to the report.
According to the document, the U.S. approach to engagement with China is based on two objectives. Firstly, to increase the level of sustainability of US institutions, alliances and partnerships to counter China’s challenges, and secondly, to force China to stop or reduce actions that are detrimental to vital US interests.
At the same time, the report stresses that “competition should not lead to confrontation or conflict,” and the US “welcomes cooperation” with China and “expects fair competition.
“The United States recognizes long-term strategic competition between our two systems … the U.S. government will continue to protect American interests and expand American influence. At the same time, we remain open to constructive, results-oriented interaction and cooperation from China where our interests overlap,” the document asserts.