U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s speech is no longer found on Chinese state media. The move came after Blinken delivered a lengthy speech at George Washington University on Thursday, May 26. There, he talked about U.S.’ policy toward China.
According to Chinese media news outlet Apollo, on May 27, the U.S. Embassy in China published Blinken’s speech on its WeChat account. However, the post was later censored and removed by the ruling party censorship.
The WeChat article said to get blocked by the system only a few hours later, with “This content is temporarily unavailable” for those trying to access it.
However, people are unable to post a link to the Chinese translation of Blinken’s speech on the American embassy’s website on Weibo. Attempts result in a warning message from the system regarding an unsafe URL.
Weibo posts with the hashtag #Blinken gives China policy speech were also censored.
Any screenshots that contain the entire speech text are banned.
Blinken on Thursday described China as the “most serious long-term challenge to the international order,” even as Russia’s war in Ukraine continues.
Antony Blinken said that the United States would compete with China in all aspects while continuously improving its own strength and strengthening cooperation with allies.
Blinken added, “we’ll compete with China to defend our interests and build our vision for the future.”
Blinken also stressed that the United States has no intention of changing China’s political system, nor does it want a new Cold War.