Blinken says aspects of U.S.-China ties are 'increasingly adversarial'

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken attends a meeting in Brussels, Belgium, March 24, 2021. Olivier Hoslet/Pool via Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Sunday he sees “increasingly adversarial” aspects to the United States’ relationship with China.

“There are clearly increasingly adversarial aspects to the relationship, there are certainly competitive ones,” Blinken told CNN, adding that there were also areas of cooperation between the two countries.

The United States on Saturday condemned China’s sanctions against two U.S. religious rights officials and a Canadian lawmaker in a dispute over Beijing’s treatment of Uighur Muslims and other minorities.

Reporting by Michael Martina and Arshad Mohammed; Editing by Paul Simao