Biden appealed to President Xi to persuade Putin, only to have China share intel with Kremlin: report

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There is a strong sentiment in political circles that President Joe Biden all but welcomed the distraction of Russia invading Ukraine, shifting media attention away from any number of domestic concerns and his record-low approval ratings.

While some may believe the nation would rally behind the president in the face of a threat from a foreign adversary, in this case Russian President Vladimir Putin, a boogeyman straight out of central casting, there’s also the likelihood that Biden stays true to the infamous Barack Obama assessment of his “ability to f*ck things up.”

The worst thing the president could do — aside from drawing the U.S. into a war with Russia — is to show weakness and a stunning report from The New York Times involving China seems to do just that. At the very least, it shows how little respect Biden commands on the world stage. At its worst, it seems to suggest China and Russia are aligning against America. Either way, Taiwan has legitimate cause to be concerned.

The Times reported that over a three-month period, senior Biden administration officials met with top Chinese officials a half dozen times and “presented intelligence showing Russia’s troop buildup around Ukraine and beseeched the Chinese to tell Russia not to invade.”

The newspaper cited senior administration officials with knowledge of the conversations “who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the diplomacy,” to further report that China shared this intel with Moscow behind Biden’s back.

There’s much at play here if the story proves to be true, the first thing being that Biden apparently suspected an invasion of Ukraine for at least three months and was powerless to stop it. Another dismal take is that the president felt compelled to appeal to Chinese President Xi Jinping to persuade Putin.

Either way, Biden was apparently played for a fool.

“Each time, the Chinese officials, including the foreign minister and the ambassador to the United States, rebuffed the Americans, saying they did not think an invasion was in the works,” the Times reported. “After one diplomatic exchange in December, U.S. officials got intelligence showing Beijing had shared the information with Moscow, telling the Russians that the United States was trying to sow discord — and that China would not try to impede Russian plans and actions, the officials said.”

“The previously unreported talks between American and Chinese officials show how the Biden administration tried to use intelligence findings and diplomacy to persuade a superpower it views as a growing adversary to stop the invasion of Ukraine,” the article continued, “and how that nation, led by President Xi Jinping, persistently sided with Russia even as the evidence of Moscow’s plans for a military offensive grew over the winter.”

Needless to say, the news did not go over well on social media… here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:

 

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