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US-China relationship 'most important in the world': Blinken

On first day, new secretary of state tells staff 'the world is watching us'

NEW YORK -- In his first news conference as secretary of state, Antony Blinken said that the U.S. and China will clash in some fields and cooperate in others, but defined it as the most consequential relationship in the world. 

"It's not a secret that the relationship between the United States and China is arguably the most important relationship that we have in the world going forward," Blinken told reporters on Wednesday. "It's going to shape a lot of the future that -- that we all live, and increasingly that relationship has some adversarial aspects to it. It has competitive ones. And it also still has cooperative ones," he said.

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