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The Dems’ China Tilt
Why Biden-Harris is the Chinese communist regime’s dream team.
By Joseph Klein
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are the Chinese communist regime’s dream team. If they prevail in the November election, China’s nemesis, President Trump, will be replaced by the soft-on-China Joe Biden. “I mean, you know, they’re not bad folks, folks,” Biden said last year. “They’re not competition for us.” As President Trump said following the Democratic National Convention snooze fest, “China will own our country, if he gets elected.”
The Chinese communist regime was not even mentioned at the Democrats’ convention. The speakers, from Biden on down, ignored the elephant in the room while portraying President Trump as America’s mortal enemy who had wreaked the coronavirus on Americans. For months, the Democrats have aided the Chinese regime’s propaganda campaign to deny the regime’s responsibility for the coronavirus that originated in Wuhan China.
Chinese Communist Party officials early on censored the hashtag #WuhanSARS. They also attempted to shift the blame for the virus to the United States. Joe Biden put out a statement last April complaining about President Trump’s calling the coronavirus the “Chinese Virus.” This was in keeping with Biden’s initial opposition to President Trump’s restrictions on travel from China that the president announced on January 31st. Using words that the Chinese communist party propagandists could have written themselves, Biden accused the president of xenophobia and fear mongering.
Last May, Kamala Harris obliged the Chinese regime when she introduced a resolution in the Senate that singled out the terms “Wuhan Virus” and “Chinese Virus” as examples of language that should not be used.
On the first night of the Democratic National Convention, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo came up with another regional name for the coronavirus. “The European virus infected the Northeast while the White House was still fixated on China,” Cuomo said. This blowhard thinks it’s OK to scapegoat the Europeans while conveniently leaving out the fact that the coronavirus originated in China and traveled from China to Italy as well as other parts of Europe via infected Chinese visiting or returning to their residences in Europe. It then spread to the Northeast of the United States from Europeans traveling here who were infected with the Chinese Virus. Cuomo made things far worse with his directive forcing nursing homes to accept elderly coronavirus patients from hospitals.
There would have been no coronavirus pandemic crisis if Chinese authorities had come clean when the virus could have been prevented from spreading widely beyond China’s borders. Instead, by early January 2020, Chinese authorities had already ordered COVID19 virus samples destroyed, silenced Wuhan doctors, and censored public health concerns online. They also allowed international travel from China to continue as usual, while restricting the movement of the Chinese people within China itself. The regime misled the World Health Organization (WHO) by initially discounting the virus’s human-to-human transmission, which WHO accepted at face value. The blood of more than 170,000 Americans who lost their lives to the Chinese Virus is on the Chinese regime’s hands, not on President Trump’s. Nevertheless, Biden, Harris and their fellow Democrats are doing China’s bidding in trying to deflect blame from China to President Trump and his administration.
During his acceptance speech on the final night of the Democratic National Convention, Biden recklessly blamed the president for the 5 million Americans infected with the virus and the more than 170,000 Americans who have died to date. Kamala Harris spewed out the same vitriol in her own convention acceptance speech the night before Biden spoke. Harris was even more vicious during her joint appearance with Biden following her selection as Biden’s running mate, when she charged that the president was the reason “an American dies of Covid-19 every 80 seconds.” These lies are calculated to inflame passions and divide Americans amongst themselves, playing right into the Chinese regime’s hands.
President Trump has already done everything that Biden or his proxies have recommended to deal with the virus health crisis. Indeed, the president has done far more, starting with the travel restrictions that Biden initially opposed. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said that President Trump’s travel restrictions helped to slow the spread of the virus in the United States and saved American lives.
The Obama-Biden administration had left the Trump administration with grossly inadequate supplies of personal protective equipment and ventilators, as well as antiquated testing capacities. President Trump turned things around in record time. Democratic governors, including Andrew Cuomo, applauded the president’s responsiveness as he arranged for private companies to shift production to supplying masks, ventilators, hand sanitizer, and testing supplies, and he directed his administration to distribute them quickly to states in need. Cuomo is now pretending otherwise for crass partisan reasons.
Biden falsely claimed in late July that the Trump administration had not done “any planning” for vaccine distribution and had no “command officer” in charge of it. President Trump had already put the Army’s top logistics officer in charge, with numerous federal officials working on vaccination prioritization and distribution plans. But what Biden does not seem to realize is that safe and effective vaccines must first be developed and produced on a mass scale before they can be distributed. President Trump launched Operation Warp Speed with the goal of producing and delivering 300 million doses of safe and effective vaccines with the initial doses available by January 2021. The Trump administration has forged partnerships with industry by providing unprecedented investments in leading vaccine candidates to simultaneously produce them as they are clinically tested and developed. All this happened while Biden was still mostly hiding in his basement.
The Democrats relegated their discussion of China to their party platform, which few people bother to read and which Biden is free to ignore. The platform claims that “Democrats will be clear, strong, and consistent in pushing back where we have profound economic, security, and human rights concerns about the actions of China’s government. Democrats will protect the American worker from unfair trade practices by the Chinese government, including currency manipulation and benefiting from a misaligned exchange rate with the dollar, illegal subsidies, and theft of intellectual property.”
The Obama-Biden administration had eight years to confront the long-standing threats from the Chinese regime with effective counteractions. They floundered around instead. In fact, they made things worse. In 2010, on the Obama-Biden administration’s watch, China “surpassed Japan to become the world’s second largest economy, and overtook the US in manufacturing output and power generation,” according to the World Economic Forum. “By purchasing power parity (PPP), China overtook the US as the largest economy in 2014,” the World Economic Forum added. “At the end of 2015, China’s total manufacturing output represented 150% of the US, or was equivalent to the combined total of the US and Japan—an unprecedented record in Chinese history.” The World Economic Forum concluded that the Obama-Biden administration’s “rebalance to the Asia-Pacific” policy – including galvanizing the support of allies in the region to counter China’s rising power – was “unsuccessful.”
Obama looked to his vice president, Joe Biden, for help in forging a constructive relationship with China because of Biden’s experience in dealing with foreign leaders and his supposed ability to forge personal relationships with them. Starting in early 2011, Biden developed a close relationship with China’s President Xi Jinping, who was China’s vice president at the time. When Biden visited China in December 2013 on an official diplomatic mission, President Xi greeted him as “my old friend.” Meanwhile, Joe Biden’s son Hunter, who accompanied his father to China on the December 2013 trip, was busy leveraging the Biden name to go after lucrative business deals with Chinese state-owned firms.
As even the Biden-friendly New York Times noted in an article published in early July, “Mr. Biden is facing uncomfortable questions about why he didn’t do more to stiffen Obama administration policy toward Beijing — about why his strategic empathy didn’t come with more strategic vision.”
President Trump set about reversing the mistakes made by Obama and Biden in letting the Chinese regime play them. For example, the Trump administration has imposed tough tariffs on imports from China to wrest valuable trading concessions from the Chinese regime. Biden and Harris have foolishly criticized what they and the Democratic party platform referred to as the president’s “unilateral” tariffs. It took such stern unilateral measures to push China into negotiating trade terms more favorable to the United States than anything Obama and Biden were able to accomplish during their eight years in office. As usual, the Democrats have not offered any specific alternatives other than mushy globalist appeals to multilateral cooperation.
The Obama-Biden administration zealously pursued the Paris climate change agreement with China’s help, leading them to ignore more pressing security and economic threats to the United States posed by the Chinese regime. The Obama-Biden administration committed to impose far more stringent and immediate carbon emission reductions on the U.S. economy than China agreed to impose on its economy, even though China is the number one producer of greenhouse gasses. Biden and Harris intend to rejoin this totally unbalanced pact if they are elected despite the grossly unfair economic advantage it gives to China over the United States.
The Trump administration has also taken steps to prevent the Chinese-owned telecommunications giant Huawei and the Chinese-owned social media platforms TikTok and WeChat from being used to jeopardize U.S. national security, steal American intellectual property and spy on American citizens. Aside from calls to work more closely with our allies, the Biden-Harris team has offered nothing of substance to combat the Chinese regime’s cybersecurity threats.
According to a statement issued on August 7th by William Evanina, who leads the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, the U.S. government has assessed that “China prefers that President Trump – whom Beijing sees as unpredictable – does not win reelection.” Based on what we have seen so far, the Biden-Harris team will be putty in China’s hands and China’s communist regime knows it.