Will Biden Accept Xi Jinping’s Olive Branch or Will He Put America First?

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It appears that Chinese President Xi Jinping feels the chill.

Did it finally dawn on him that other countries got a little ruffled after China unleashed a pandemic on the world and then lied about it? They also got a little touchy when China sent an aircraft carrier task group and warplanes to simulate a siege on their mutual ally, Taiwan, in April and then forced an overhaul of Hong Kong’s electoral system. Perhaps they’re also upset about the human rights abuses against the Uyghurs and, of course, the theft of their valuable intellectual property.

And about a thousand other reasons.

Chinese state media outlet Xinhua News Agency reported that Xi would now like to project a “credible, lovable and respectable China” to the world.

In what the South China Morning Post called a “study session of the Politburo,” Xi told senior leaders the country needs to “make friends extensively, unite the majority and continuously expand its circle of friends with those who understand and are friendly to China.”

The Post acknowledges that “negative perceptions of China [are] at record high levels in many parts of the world” and says the Chinese President hopes “to repair the country’s coronavirus-hit image and win a battle of narratives with the US and its allies.”

The BBC reported that Xi called on the Communist Party news agencies to send the message that the government wanted “nothing but the Chinese people’s happiness and good fortune.”

The article noted that Xi’s remarks amount to a “rare admission of Beijing’s isolation.”

Perhaps the fact that the world has now opened their eyes to the lab leak theory has something to do with it. Because it may be impossible to ever prove that COVID originated from the lab at the Wuhan Institute of Virology without China’s cooperation, their refusal to provide that information should prevent any country from trusting them again.

Does Xi believe that the world will instantly put aside the tremendous damage that China has caused in the last year and a half and the belligerence with which they have acted? Unfortunately, as far as the spineless, conflicted President Joe Biden is concerned, he may be right.

It will be hard to forget the defiant and cutting tone of the Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian in the early months of the pandemic. Zhao was behind the conspiracy theory that the virus was brought to Wuhan by the U.S. Army when 300 soldiers traveled there in mid-October 2019 for the Military World Games. On March 12, 2020, Zhao sent the following tweet:

Or his sarcastic successor, Hua Chunying. Below, she taunts a State Department official on Twitter with a reference to George Floyd.

Or the unbelievably undiplomatic treatment of U.S. diplomats at the March meeting in Alaska by the Chinese Director of the Office of the Central Commission for Foreign Affairs Yang Jiechi.

Or top Chinese General Xu Qiliang’s refusal to acknowledge Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s three attempts to contact him in May.

The international friendships Xi claims to seek should only be possible after some form of amends. Perhaps some ownership of the pandemic, for starters.

However, some nations, dependent on China for trade, may accept his olive branch. Other nations, with weak, possibly compromised leaders like Joe Biden might also fall in line.

This is precisely the type of situation that many of us had feared prior to the election. We were concerned that his son’s, his brother James’ and possibly his own past business dealings with China would prevent him from putting America’s interests first, making him a national security risk.

Will Biden give China a pass? Unfortunately, he might.

Top Chinese Diplomat Who Humiliated Blinken in Alaska Treated Mike Pompeo Far Differently [Photos, Video]

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In two previous posts, here and here, I discussed the failure of the meeting between top U.S. and Chinese diplomats held in Anchorage, Alaska last week. Specifically, it was made immediately and abundantly clear that Chinese Director of the Office of the Central Commission for Foreign Affairs Yang Jiechi had neither fear, nor respect, for the U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

The situation with former President Donald Trump’s Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was 180 degrees different. In the photographs below, the same Yang who displayed such contempt for Blinken and to the United States of America, is shown smiling and bowing before Pompeo.

At one point during the contentious talks, the press was inexplicably dismissed from the room. This move was not lost on the combative Yang, who immediately pounced on his American counterpart. In the clip below, Yang asks Blinken, “Why is the U.S. afraid of the presence of reporters?  You don’t need to be afraid of the presence of reporters, do you? Didn’t you believe in democracy? You should give China the right to make two rounds of speeches just as the United States did. History will prove that if you use cutthroat competition to suppress China, you will be the one to suffer in the end.”

Yang was right. Unlike many Republicans who fold in the face of the left’s attempts at suppression, Yang was not about to let this slide. We would do well to take notice.

It must have stunned Biden officials to find that the obvious tactics they employ so liberally back in Washington were instantly detected by the Chinese.

Yang’s remarks were not reported by the U.S. media. The National Pulse’s Raheem Kassam posted a clip he’d found on China’s state-run media.

Here is a report of the incident from The South China Morning Post. (Emphasis added.)

“Because, Mr Secretary and NSA Sullivan, you have delivered some quite different opening remarks, mine will be slightly different as well,” Yang said.
The meeting was supposed to kick off with two minutes for opening remarks, agreed to by both sides. But Blinken and Sullivan spoke for about 10 minutes.

The Chinese delegation did not take well to Blinken and Sullivan’s opening salvo and hit back with a lengthy address almost 20 minutes long.

Yang’s address was so long he joked it was a test for the interpreter, to which Blinken countered that the interpreter should get a pay rise.

“I think we thought too well of the US. We thought the US side would follow the necessary diplomatic protocols. So for China it was necessary that we make our position clear,” Yang said at one point.

A tussle over the presence of journalists then ensued, turning what is usually a few minutes of opening remarks into an event lasting over an hour, according to press pool reports.

Handlers started to usher journalists out when Yang finished speaking but Blinken and Sullivan waved them back in to say more.

Blinken said he took from the Chinese comments satisfaction that the US was back and engaging in the world, but also deep concern. The United States “is not perfect” but has throughout its history dealt with its challenges openly, he said.

Sullivan added that America’s “secret sauce” was that it had looked hard at its own shortcomings and then worked to improve.

Once Blinken and Sullivan finished their comments, handlers again ushered reporters out but Yang told the press to “wait”, and raised a finger of admonishment. The Chinese diplomat accused the Americans of speaking to them in a condescending tone. He said the efforts to nudge the press out of the room was an example of how the US did not support democracy.

Afterwards, a senior US official speaking on background also accused the Chinese side of “violating protocol”, arriving intent on grandstanding and focusing on theatrics.

The public sparring followed days of posturing from the two countries, with Washington announcing this week it was imposing sanctions against Chinese officials because of Beijing’s overhaul of Hong Kong’s electoral system.

In the last high-level meeting between China and the US, occurring during the Trump administration in June last year, then-secretary of state Mike Pompeo spoke with Yang behind closed doors in Hawaii for around seven hours without showing the back and forth seen in Anchorage on Thursday.

Here are some of the replies from Twitter users to Kassam’s post:

  • Dems discover that manipulating other governments to sell their narrative is not as easy as manipulating our media to do the same.
  • Sounds like a man who knows he’s on the winning side.
  • People don’t realize how bad things are truly because of all the distractions in the media but this is very concerning what’s playing out between the US and China.
  • China says it will win at cut-throat competition. Is that a threat or challenge? A Great America would accept this challenge.
  • Can you imagine if Trump was in the room?
  • Somewhat of a disaster for us. Maybe Biden fell on purpose to take focus off the meeting.
  • Will the morons in this admin finally wake up when a delegate from China confronts them? What’s the over/under?
  • America has never been as weak as they are now against China & the Chinese know it.
  • Human Rights violator China instantly dog walking America under weak Biden Admin thanks to our very own vilifying our country everyday. Thanks big Media. Thanks big Tech. Thanks big Govt. Thanks big Corporations. Thanks Hollywood. Thanks woke liberal soldiers. Thank you.
  • The once country of might is slipping before are eyes.
  • Blinken and his team had initiated exchange by arrogant and out-of-protocol public hectoring of Chinese diplomats. It was irresponsible and invited retaliation. US diplomats could accomplish more by being, uh, diplomatic.
  • The Chinese pulled off a huge beat down on Winken and Blinken.
  • It’s embarrassing and disturbing at the same time.
  • The US Secretary of State started off by basically insulting China in front of reporters. This is our chief diplomat?
  • This is embarrassing AF. What the hell have liberals done to this country?
  • I’ve never felt embarrassed of how my country handled itself on the world stage until the Biden admin.
  • Wow brutal, We need new leadership… like yesterday!
  • They would not have done that to Mike Pompeo or he would have walked out.
  • Never in a million years would they have spoken to @mikepompeo like that. Weakness invites aggression.
  • This is getting real folks!
  • With this meeting, China just confirmed that they can now roll through Taiwan with no resistance from an impotent American leadership.
  • Utterly owned.
  • Sec of state and his team tried to get the press to bounce? Why, cause they didn’t want to be on film kneeling like bitches?
  • You had a good run America.

Chinese Official: ‘Trend that the East is rising while the West is declining has become very obvious’

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The former CCP leader of the Xinjiang region of China, Zhang Chunxian, spoke to a group of deputies from the National People’s Congress in Hubei earlier this month where he touted the country’s “extraordinary accomplishments” and said that 2020 had been a “watershed year.” He said, “Since no country could escape the major test of the pandemic last year, this trend that the East is rising while the West is declining has become very obvious,according to the South China Morning Post. He added that, “The phenomenon of China advancing and the US retreating has also been conspicuous.”

Conspicuous?

Zhang even cited a report from the French media which said the Chinese would soon have a higher average life expectancy than the U.S. “concluding that China’s rise was unstoppable.”

The sentiment among the Chinese of an ascendant China and a waning West has become quite prevalent among CCP leadership and nowhere was that more apparent than during the talks with U.S. diplomats this week in Alaska. In fact, one gets the distinct impression that the Chinese no longer feel equal to the U.S., but superior.

Separately, Guo Shengkun, party secretary of the Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission, told a group, “Chinese of all ethnic groups experienced the extraordinary accomplishments achieved by our party, the country and the public [last year]. This was especially seen in the striking contrast of the order in the East and chaos in the West, the rise of the East and decline of the West, and the ascendancy of China and fall of the U.S.”

The SCMP also cited an advisor to CCP leaders, Zheng Yongnian, who said “the US was ‘still developing but at a slower pace’ to other countries.”

Zheng did acknowledge that “the US was far ahead of other nations in some areas. ‘In areas like the economy, military, science and technology – and innovation – no other country can match it.” He also noted that “differences between the US and China were deeply rooted, and Beijing needed to ‘discard its unrealistic ideas and learn to live with the US.'”

He added that, “Realistically, China has risen to the point where it is regarded as a real threat by the US. The fact is, the US cannot contain China’s rise – but China cannot replace the US.”

The Chinese, at least among loyal members of the CCP, have a deep sense of national pride. They’ve clearly adopted a “China First” policy as every nation should.

China focuses intensely upon measurable economic goals. At the recently concluded U.S./China talks held in Alaska, Chinese Director of the Office of the Central Commission for Foreign Affairs Yang Jiechi told the U.S. delegation that China had just “we adopted the outline for the 14th five-year economic and social development plan and the long-range objectives through the year 2035. … By the year 2035 China will surely achieve basic modernization. And by the year 2050, China will achieve full modernization.”

“China has made decisive achievements and important strategic gains in fighting COVID-19, and we have achieved a full victory in ending absolute poverty in China. China’s per-capita GDP is only one-fifth of that of the United States, but we have managed to end absolute poverty for all people in China. And we hope that other countries, especially the advanced countries, will make similar efforts in this regard,” Yang said.

They also focus intensely on their military goals which they track with the same precision as their economic objectives. According to an annual  Department of Defense report to Congress released in September, “China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has already surpassed the U.S. in missile development and its number of warships and air defense systems under the Chinese Communist Party’s plan to achieve dominance by 2049.”

The ultimate goal of the People’s Republic of China, or PRC, is to “develop a military by mid-Century that is equal to — or in some cases superior to — the U.S. military, or that of any other great power that the PRC views as a threat,” reports Military.com.

China is already ahead of the United States in certain areas” essential to its overall aim of progressing from homeland and periphery defense to global power projection.

The PRC has the largest navy in the world, with an overall battle force of approximately 350 ships and submarines, including over 130 major surface combatants.

That’s compared to the U.S. Navy’s current battle force of 295 ships.

The PRC has more than 1,250 ground-launched ballistic missiles (GLBMs) and ground-launched cruise missiles (GLCMs) with ranges between 500 and 5,500 kilometers,” while the U.S. currently fields one type of conventional GLBM with a range of 70 to 300 kilometers and no GLCMs.

In some respects, China is also ahead on integrated air defense systems with a mix of Russian-built and homegrown systems.

Despite the advances, the PLA “remains in a position of inferiority” to the U.S. in overall military strength…

The Military.com article quotes retired Marine officer Chad Sbragia, the deputy assistant secretary of Defense for China, who said, “the report does not claim that China’s military is 10 feet tall,” but the Chinese Communist Party wants it to be, and has the plan and resources to reach that goal.”

Following a report earlier this month that China has allocated “$208.6 billion for military spending for 2022, a 6.8% increase” from 2021 and their concerns over China’s increased aggression in the South China Sea and elsewhere, eight Republican members of the House Armed Services Committee wrote a letter to Biden requesting he “increase next year’s defense budget by three to five percent.”

The lawmakers wrote:

“Years of Budget Control Act (BCA) related defense cuts undermined military readiness, set back efforts to modernize the force, and gave our adversaries the time necessary to gain significant advantages that now jeopardize our military superiority. … The Chinese Communist Party increased its defense spending by over 75 percent in the last decade. If we do nothing, over the next decade, China will fully modernize its military, potentially bringing it into parity with our own.”

The Chinese are power hungry, determined, disciplined, patient and ruthless. Biden Administration officials are power hungry, determined and ruthless, but they are undisciplined and impatient. And they’re starting to resemble the gang that couldn’t shoot straight.

The near instant devolvement into acrimony that occurred between the U.S. and Chinese diplomats in Alaska this week highlighted one unmistakable fact: The Chinese neither respect nor fear the Biden Administration.

Rightly or wrongly, the Chinese related to Secretary of State Antony Blinken and his delegation as if they were convinced they hold the upper hand. Their firm belief that ‘the East is rising while the West is declining’ was unmistakable. Their game plan is to simply stay the course and methodically move toward their goals.

Their unwillingness to make concessions or to yield to the U.S. even the slightest bit, will complicate future relations with the U.S. or may possibly prevent any meaningful dialog at all.

Regarding the tone set by the Chinese during the talks, Michael Pillsbury, a China expert at the Hudson Institute, told The Wall Street Journal, that “the thrust of Mr. Yang’s remarks presages difficult dealings ahead.”

Pillsbury said that “the tone seems to be different. Now China is not just equal to us, they are superior.” He added “the U.S. needs to find more leverage over China.”

And they better find it soon because, as I see it, China is starting to behave like Germany in the 1930s.

 

House GOP Introduces Stack of Anti-CCP Bills to Flush Out Chinese Sympathizers Among Democrats

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“Russia is a problem. China is a crisis.”

Former acting Director of National Intelligence Ric Grenell uttered those words on Fox Business News’ show, “Evening Edit,” on Wednesday night.

Many House Republicans agree with that assessment and are very concerned about the weakness that President Joe Biden and members of his administration have projected toward China.

The country’s leaders are laser-focused on their dream of world domination and, like our own Democratic Party, will do whatever is necessary to achieve it.

GOP lawmakers have introduced a number of bills this week intended to stem the CCP’s influence in the U.S. The purpose of this proposed legislation is to expose Biden’s and the Democrats’ unwillingness to defy China. Republicans will be watching to see which members of Congress support the measures and which do not.

At the helm of this campaign is Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), the chairman of the Republican Study Committee.

Banks told Breitbart News on Tuesday, “The Biden administration has lifted almost every single tough action the Trump Administration took on China and has already demonstrated a clear pattern of going back to the tried and failed strategy of supporting China’s rise.”

“It’s not enough to compete with China, we must continue President Trump’s approach to confront China,” Banks said. “The Chinese Communist Party is not a partner, it’s the greatest threat to the U.S. and worldwide freedom and prosperity, and if we fail to treat them as such, we will reap severe consequences.”

Biden had a lengthy call with Chinese President Xi Jinping of China last week. The White House readout of the call tells us very little about the substance of their conversation.

It reads (in part): “President Biden underscored his fundamental concerns about Beijing’s coercive and unfair economic practices, crackdown in Hong Kong, human rights abuses in Xinjiang, and increasingly assertive actions in the region, including toward Taiwan.”

This one-sentence description doesn’t exactly inspire confidence that Biden stood up to the Chinese dictator on these issues.

In fact, Biden’s words about this call at the CNN town hall in Milwaukee on Tuesday night sounded as if he were giving Xi a pass for his government’s actions in Hong Kong and Taiwan, as well as its brutal treatment of the Uighurs in western China.

He said, “Culturally there are different norms in each country, and their leaders are expected to follow.”

Banks’ committee has put together a six-page memo* which compares the policies and actions of the Biden administration toward China to those of the Trump administration, and sets off warning bells.

(* Inexplicably, the six-page memo can be viewed in Google Chrome, but not in Safari.)

The memo warns that “the Biden team so far has exhibited a pattern of weakness, and a return to Obama’s failed approach of engaging rather than holding China accountable for it’s bad behavior. The Obama administration mistakenly viewed China and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) as a partner to solve international issues it deemed pressing, such as climate change, rather than a malign foreign adversary seeking to reorient the world order in its authoritarian image that must be confronted.”

The memo criticizes some of the executive orders Biden has already signed that are clearly not in America’s best interest.

Biden has rejoined the World Health Organization, even though the agency deceived the U.S. about the origins of the coronavirus.

Biden signed an executive order which provides the Chinese and the Russians access to the U.S. power grid, reversing a Trump order that “barred them from getting into the nation’s energy supply.”

The document includes a list of top Biden Administration officials and identifies their links to the CCP, or past sympathetic statements they’ve made about the CCP.

On Thursday, the same day he introduced five new bills (out of an expected 17 from the committee) aimed at China, Banks issued a news release that said, “China is our foremost military adversary, but it also seeks to infiltrate our economy, universities, digital infrastructure and intelligence agencies. Congress should be focused on safeguarding each of these American institutions from the Chinese regime.”

According to a press release on Banks’ website, the bills include:

Stop Funding the PLA Act: Prevents U.S. investments from flowing to China’s military industrial base by requiring a Treasury Department-led effort to produce a list of PLA-linked companies in which American U.S. individuals, entities, companies, banks and financial institutions cannot invest.

Placing restrictions on acquisitions by the People’s Republic of China: Empowers the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS): The body responsible for reviewing national security implications of foreign investments in U.S. companies or operations – to prevent predatory investments of American companies by the Chinese government.

Online Consumer Protection Act: Prohibits the download of an application or software from a country that poses a national security risk to the United States without first acknowledging a warning about the application or software’s source nation.

Safe Career Transitions for Intelligence and National Security Professionals Act: Restricts the ability of national security professionals to work for certain foreign-government backed organizations for five years after a position which required a security clearance.

Protect Our Universities Act: Prevents foreign espionage against our country’s most sensitive academic research by requiring the Department of Education to create and lead an interagency task force and requires that students from adversarial nations to apply for a waiver granted by the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) to participate in sensitive research projects funded by the Department of Defense, Intelligence Community, and Department of Energy.

“The Biden administration’s approach to China,” the memo stated, “reflects much of the failed policies, and failed team, of the Obama administration, which saw China not as a competitor, but a nation that could be engaged on a whole host of issues from climate change to global development.”

Democrats overlook the fact that China has become far more dangerous since the Obama years.And finally, the memo came back to what they knew all along.

“The CCP is seeking to fundamentally reorder the international system in its image based on Communist authoritarianism. The U.S. cannot afford to return to leading from behind and the failed policies of the past.”

 

Elizabeth is the founder and editor of The American Crisis. She is also a contract writer at The Western Journal and a previous contributor to RedState, The Dan Bongino Show, and The Federalist. Her articles have appeared on HotAir, Instapundit, RealClearPolitics, MSN and other sites. Elizabeth is a wife, a mom to three grown children, and several beloved golden retrievers and a grandmother!