While everyone’s eyes are on Russia and Ukraine, author Gordon Chang is focused on China, and he has a stark warning for the United States: President Joe Biden’s weak response to Russia will help China to “marginalize the United States” and “destabilize the world.”
Speaking to Fox News Digital at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Chang stated, “China wants to destabilize the world. It certainly wants to marginalize the United States, and Russia is doing Beijing’s bidding.”
That Beijing is supporting Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine is no surprise. On the opening day of the Beijing Winter Olympics, the two nations announced a “no limits” partnership.
In a joint statement, China and Russia declared, “Friendship between the two States has no limits, there are no ‘forbidden’ areas of cooperation.”
The alliance, claims Chang, is good for China’s bottom line.
“That’s why Beijing has announced all of these no-limits partnerships, and we’ve heard all of these commodities deals recently: $117.5 billion of new oil and gas arrangements that was announced February 4,” Chang said. “Just a couple of days ago, we had 100 million metric tons of coal to China. Basically, Beijing is financing Russian expansionism because it’s good for China, because it makes sure that the United States is preoccupied in Europe.”
“Last week, Sergey Mochalnikov, the head of the Russian Energy Ministry, announced a pact that will add to an already lucrative deal Russia signed with India in Nov, 2021 to supply 40 million tons of coal,” states Fox, citing a report from state-owned Russian news outlet TASS.
Chang stated that China “likes to see the United States humbled” — a pleasure the Biden administration is making easy for them to enjoy — and pointed to Biden’s disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan and the flames of propaganda it fueled.
“How the United States couldn’t win wars anymore, how when China invaded Taiwan that the island would fall within hours and the US military would not come to help,” Chang explained. “So, clearly, they’re watching the US responses to Ukraine.”
Chang warned that Biden’s soft response to Russia will open the door for Chinese leader Xi Jinping to move on Taiwan.
“This does create an opportunity for Xi Jinping, who otherwise might have been deterred by the United States,” Chang said. “Now, he sees the United States not using its power, so therefore, there is this opening that Xi Jinping is starting to perceive.”
Chang also commented on recent reports that President Biden shared intelligence information with China, which promptly turned it over to Moscow.
Biden appealed to President Xi to persuade Putin, only to have China share intel with Kremlin: report https://t.co/2CIyFSLEnw
— American Wire News (@americanwire_) February 25, 2022
“I can’t understand why the Biden administration thought that China would keep US intelligence from Russia,” Chang stated. “They just announced their no-limits partnership.”
“This is something where we believe China should calculate its interests in one way and therefore, we believe Beijing, in fact, does,” he continued. “But, no, it’s clear that Beijing believes that its interests are with Russia, not with the United States, so this is a failure of the Biden administration to understand Beijing’s foreign policy.”
As for the relationship between Moscow and Beijing, Chang says it is, at least for now, “solid” and “stable.”
“They’re closer than allies,” Chang said. “It is something that is directed against the United States. … At this moment, China and Russia are working very closely together to destabilize the world and to move against the United States.”
Still, if Biden will wield the power of the United States, Chang believes the US will ultimately prevail.
“The US is much more powerful than Russia,” Chang said. “It is much more powerful than China. and it is much more powerful than Russia and China together.”
“The problem,” Chang said, “is that the Biden administration is not willing to use US power to protect not only the international system but also to protect the United States.”
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