CNN national security correspondent defends reporter after Biden snaps over China question

CNN correspondent Jim Sciutto defended a reporter who asked President Biden about China during his summit with Japan and South Korea on Friday after he snapped that it wasn’t about the communist regime.

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When the reporter asked about China, Biden responded, “Your other two questions about China. I’ll just say this, this summit was not about China. That was not the purpose of the meeting. But China did come up. I’ll not say we don’t share concerns about the economic coercion or heightened tensions caused by China. But this summit is about our relationship with each other and deepening cooperation across an entire range of issues that went beyond the immediate issues we raised.”

CNN anchor Brianna Golodryga discussed the agreements reached by Biden, the Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, and the president of South Korea Yoon Suk Yeol, and then commented, “To quote the president, this was a big deal.”

“Yeah, and the president also said, ‘This is not about China.’ He said it’s about the relationship among these three nations, but the truth is, China is very much a unifying threat for the US, South Korea, and Japan,” Sciutto, the network’s Chief National Security correspondent asserted.

“And when you look at each of these steps here, these annual multi-domain exercises among the three nations, the enhanced ballistic missile defense, as well as this hotline, this agreement to consult with each other about how they’re going to respond to threats, those all relate not just to North Korea — North Korean missiles, North Korean military buildup, and north Korean threats — but very much to China. China is increasing its nuclear arsenal by an order of magnitude over the coming years,” the CNN correspondent noted.

All these things are issues that those three nations agree on as a growing threat, and this president, this US President, would not have been able to unite South Korea and Japan, who have a long history of difficulties between the two of them, without that unifying really of China which extends frankly beyond those three nations in Asia,” Sciutto added.

There was a reported disagreement among the US, Japan, and South Korea in the final hours before the summit even began over whether China and North Korea should be given equal billing as threats to regional peace and stability, according to Politico. It’s interesting that while attempting to strengthen defenses against the threat of Chinese aggression, it seems they are afraid to actually confront China.

The three countries will allegedly establish a trilateral hotline to use whenever there is a crisis in the Indo-Pacific region that affects the US, South Korea, and Japan. The hotline would be the first of its kind but appears to be more symbolic than anything else.

The countries reportedly committed to meeting at least once per year, sharing information concerning the region, holding annual military exercises, strengthening ballistic defense collaboration, expanding economic cooperation, launching a supply chain early warning system pilot, and conducting global health cooperation.

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The “Camp David Principles” were also unveiled that stressed the three countries’ commitment to denuclearizing North Korea and maintaining stability in the Taiwan Strait, among other things.

China has been hostile toward the summit and is accusing the US of “assembling exclusionary groupings and practices that intensify antagonism and undermine the strategic security of other countries,” according to Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin who spoke with reporters on Tuesday.

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