By Claire Christensen
In a phone call with General Secretary Xi Jinping this week, President Biden said exactly what his administration’s approach will be on US-China policy issues.
According to the White House’s readout of the call, 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.” President Biden also stated that he will pursue engagements with China — on issues such as global health — if it is in the interest of the US.
To address such policy issues, President Biden will focus on using a multilateral approach and strengthening America to be better equipped to compete with communist China.
Unfortunately, many of the Biden administration’s decisions have missed the mark. Key decisions have already proven to be harmful to Americans and have lessened the United States’ competitive edge vis-à-vis communist China.
On President Biden’s first day in office, he rejoined the World Health Organization. The WHO came under fire for not sounding the alarm about the emergence of the China virus in the early days of the pandemic. The WHO parroted Chinese Communist Party propaganda that downplayed the threat of the virus, which has now gripped the globe for more than a year.
Earlier this week, the WHO issued a report following an investigation that concluded it is “extremely unlikely” that COVID-19 originated in a lab.
While the Biden White House plans to scrutinize the report’s findings, Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in response, “I continue to know that there was significant evidence that this may well have come from that laboratory.”
So, not only did the WHO cover for the Chinese Communist Party in the early days of the outbreak, but now, the conclusions of the WHO’s report are being called into question. According to Pompeo, “The reason we left the World Health Organization was because we came to believe that it was corrupted, it had been politicized. It was bending a knee to General Secretary Xi Jinping in China.”
Was the WHO investigation thorough? Were the investigators given the access they needed? Is the report intended to provide further cover for the totalitarian dictatorship’s failures?
The Washington Post reported that the WHO’s conclusions “echoed China’s official position on several contested theories without offering meaningful new evidence.” The bottom line: What does this say about the effectiveness of the WHO? (Keep in mind, COVID-19 is the second novel virus that has emerged in less than 20 years from communist China.)
Clearly, Chinese Communist Party leaders are still looking to shift blame away from the totalitarian dictatorship regarding the origins of the virus. The lead on the WHO investigative team even said that it is possible the virus was carried into China on frozen food packaging– a theory the Chinese Communist Party is trying to promote — and warrants looking into.
The Chinese Communist Party has long been trying to blame the US for the emergence of COVID-19. The chief epidemiologist at the Chinese Center for Disease Control, Zeng Guang, said the US should be investigated because “historically the United States… launched biological and chemical warfare.”
We now know the extent to which the Chinese Communist Party lied and covered-up the emergence of the China virus. As the CCP still tries to blame the US for the global pandemic, what makes President Biden think that the dictatorship will suddenly transform into an effective partner on global health issues?
President Biden has also lessened our ability to compete with communist China. Take Biden’s 1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan that will only create 480,000 more jobs than if it wasn’t implemented (a price tag of $4 million per job that is created). Also, consider that President Biden’s pursuit to raise the minimum wage will cost the US economy 1.4 million jobs, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
How is this supposed to increase our competitive advantage with more Americans dependent upon government handouts? Especially since COVID-19 government aid is now being fraudulently stolen from desperate American victims by criminal rings in some 20 foreign countries — including China.
The Biden administration has also tabled Trump-era policies that exposed (and protected Americans from) China’s influence in the United States.
For example, President Biden withdrew a rule that would have mandated US schools and universities disclose contracts with Confucius Institutes. In August last year, the Trump State Department designated Confucius Institutes as foreign missions that are sponsored by Beijing to “push out skewed Chinese language and cultural training for US students as part of Beijing’s multi–facted propaganda efforts.”
Moreover, the Biden administration has “shelved indefinitely” the forced sale of TikTok’s American operations. TikTok – which has been dubbed “a vector for censorship and surveillance” – poses national security risks for the United States.
So, while Congress remains embroiled with yet another Democrat-led impeachment trial of former President (now citizen) Trump, and White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki stands behind her podium urging “strategic patience,” the Chinese Communist Party continues moving steadily toward its goal of turning communist China into the dominant global superpower by 2049.
Actions speak louder than words. The next four years will be decisive. The Biden administration must not continue to entertain delusions.
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