America's top diplomat said Russia's invasion has backfired, adding that "Putin has failed to achieve a single one of his strategic games. Instead of erasing Ukraine's independence, he strengthened it. Instead of dividing NATO, he's united it. Instead of asserting Russia's strength, he's undermined it. And instead of weakening the international order, he has brought countries together to defend it."
Blinken then addressed Beijing's naval exercises in the South China Sea and its aggression toward Taiwan, saying Chinese President Xi Jinping was "advancing unlawful maritime claims." He then linked China's actions with Russia, saying Beijing "purports to champion sovereignty and territorial integrity while standing with governments that brazenly violate them."