U.S. presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (RFK Jr.) has explained that China does not want a war with the U.S. However, he warned that China wants to “bury” the U.S. economically. “I’m not afraid of the United States competing with China head to head and countries around the world. I think that’s good for us. I think we win that competition,” the presidential hopeful stated.
RFK Jr on China and BRICS Competing With US
U.S. presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (RFK Jr.) shared his views on several topics in an interview with CNBC on Wednesday. RFK Jr. is a son of former U.S. Attorney General and Senator Robert F. Kennedy and nephew of former U.S. President John F. Kennedy.
Among the topics RFK Jr. delved into were China’s global influence and the expansion of the BRICS alliance, which currently consists of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. The group recently held its annual summit and invited six countries to join as new members. The BRICS economic bloc, often seen as a counterweight to the West, is actively advocating for the use of local currencies in international trade instead of the U.S. dollar.
“Nobody wanted to start BRICS. Nobody wanted an alternative to the U.S. dollar. This happened because of our weaponization of the U.S. dollar and the weaponization of our foreign policy, unilateral weaponization, and the weaponization of our control of the world currency,” Kennedy opined. “We were pounding people’s, you know, their personal assets if the government misbehaves.”
Commenting on the relationship between the U.S. and China, Kennedy detailed:
China does not want a war with the United States. We spent three times on our on our military what they do. We have 800 bases abroad, they have one and a half.
However, the presidential candidate clarified: “They want to compete with us. They want to bury us but they want to do it on an economic playing field. And they need us. You know, they cannot survive without us.”
Regarding the U.S. competing with China economically, Kennedy said: “I’m not afraid of the United States competing with China head to head and countries around the world. I think that’s good for us. I think we win that competition.”
I’m not somebody who thinks that we should divide the world … I don’t think we should cut off trade with China.
Earlier this month, Kennedy warned about the severe consequences of a nuclear war between the U.S. and Russia. He also said last month that President Joe Biden is “preparing for a ground war with Russia” by signing the executive order to mobilize select reserve forces in order to augment Operation Atlantic Resolve.