Biden’s China diplomacy called ‘strategic insanity,’ as GOP rips ‘sham’ Xi meeting for what was ignored

Former Bush speechwriter Marc Thiessen slammed President Joe Biden for his diplomacy with China, calling it “strategic insanity” that is more likely to help the Chinese Communist Party expand its influence over the world.

Biden traveled to Cambodia to participate in the ASEAN Summit and met with Chinese President Xi Jinping during the trip. A meeting that stood out as much for what the U.S. president did not talk about as much as it did for what he did prioritize. The world leaders talked for over three hours, according to the White House, reportedly discussing climate change, global food security and Taiwan. Biden also raised concerns about Chinese “practices in Xinjiang, Tibet, and Hong Kong, and human rights more broadly,” as a press release noted.

On the issue of climate control, Thiessen said in an appearance Monday on Fox News’s “America’s Newsroom” that China’s dependency on oil is an important factor in the United States applying pressure on Beijing if they invade Taiwan.

“The last thing we want China to do, quite frankly, is to start weaning itself off of oil,” he said, pointing out that this is one way the U.S, can deter aggression toward Taiwan.

With China getting most of its oil through the Straits of Malacca off Sumatra, Indonesia, Thiessen noted that the U.S. could block the straits if they resort to military action.

“If they follow Biden’s advice and wean themselves off of oil and start embracing clean energy, we lose that leverage,” Thiessen said. “So, you know, it’s not only a sign of weakness, it’s strategic insanity.”

“Xi Jinping has been just as clear [as Vladimir Putin had in 2021 toward Ukraine] about what he intends to do in Taiwan. He has made clear that reunification cannot wait,” he added. “And he has a promise, he said he will not issue the use of military force to accomplish it. They’ve been very, very clear. So we need to ask ourselves as a country and this administration needs to ask itself, what will we wish we had done to help Taiwan if an invasion happens? What do we wish we had done before Russia invaded Ukraine? And what kind of weapons would we wish we had given them?”

President Biden stated unequivocally that there was no imminent threat to Taiwan from China after meeting with Xi, which contradicts an assessment from Admiral Mike Gilday, chief of naval operations, who told the Atlantic Council last month that there is “potentially a 2023 window” for invading Taiwan.

U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Fla., took note of that contradiction in criticizing the meeting for what was not talked about.

“I’m not sure what the President accomplished with this meeting other than to allow himself to be lectured by Communist talking points,’ Waltz told the Daily Mail. “Not only did he contradict our Pentagon by saying an invasion of Taiwan isn’t imminent but it also continues to amaze me that President Biden isn’t concerned about the origin of a virus that killed so many Americans and that a number of these global outbreaks have come from China.”

“It’s important to hold China accountable to prevent the next pandemic,” the GOP lawmaker said.

Calling the meeting a “sham,” U.S. Rep. Lisa McClain, R-Mich., was also flabbergasted that COVID-19 never came up — interestingly, Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Sen tested positive for the virus after meetings with Biden.

“Without discussing China’s direct role in the coronavirus pandemic, this meeting between Xi and Biden was a complete sham,” McClain told the Daily Mail.

“Instead of holding China accountable, we now have another mark of weak foreign policy on President Biden’s record,” she observed. “‘Enough is enough, it’s time for America to show strength on the world stage.’

Tom Tillison


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