U.S. must be prepared to impose costs on China – Biden security adviser

U.S. must be prepared to impose costs on China – Biden security adviser

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Joe Biden’s national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, said on Friday the United States must be prepared to impose costs on China for its actions against Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang, its crackdown in Hong Kong and threats towards Taiwan.

Sullivan told an event at the United States Institute of Peace that Washington needed to speak with clarity and consistency on the issues.

He said it needed to be “prepared to act, as well to impose costs, for what China is doing in Xinjiang, what it’s doing in Hong Kong, for the bellicosity and threats it is projecting towards Taiwan.”

Sullivan did not elaborate on steps Washington might take.

He said the China issue was at the top of those to be addressed between the United States and allies in Europe.