I’m no foreign policy expert but it seems to me if your number-one adversary on the planet wants you to win a presidential election vs. your opponent, the adversary believes it would fare better in dealings with your administration than with that of your opponent.
While China experts and other political pundits debated, pre-election, whether the communist regime in Beijing would most prefer a Trump win or a win by Biden, the New Delhi Times summed up where it believed the ChiComs stood.
“Trump has gone full guns blazing against China’s unfair trade and business practices.China threatens opponents till the tripping point, so does Trump, hence the enmity went to overdrive and the world watched with trepidation.
“Resultantly, China detests Trump and favors Democrat Joe Biden — Obama’s Vice President from 2009 to 2017. Biden is the devil China doesn’t know and would prefer to Trump — the devil it knows.”
Keeping with that thought, when it appeared that Biden might emerge the winner, China state media could barely contain its and its Beijing puppet masters’ glee over the likelihood that Donald Trump, who took them to task for four years, was going to be replaced with the old China apologist himself, Sino Joe Biden.
“I believe I won’t tweet nearly as much as in the past two years starting Jan 20 because I don’t have to reply to Trump and Pompeo’s daily slander on China. I don’t expect Biden and his future Secretary of State (whoever he/she is) to be that type of lowlife.”
“Lowlife”? Very 20th century, 陈卫华. [Nice touch, don’t you think?]
I believe I won’t tweet nearly as much as in the past two years starting Jan 20 because I don’t have to reply to Trump and Pompeo’s daily slander on China. I don’t expect Biden and his future Secretary of State (whoever he/she is) to be that type of lowlife.
— Chen Weihua （陈卫华） (@chenweihua) November 6, 2020
And when January 20 rolled around and Biden was indeed inaugurated, the ChiComs were ecstatic. “Good riddance, Donald Trump!” And hello, Joe!
China’s official news agency declared “Good Riddance, Donald Trump!” on Twitter in the final hours of the president’s term in office https://t.co/tpK5aFKXUm
— Capital Journal (@WSJPolitics) January 20, 2021
Back to today.
As reported by Reuters, China’s President Xi Jinping, speaking at a virtual meeting of the World Economic Forum on Monday, called on world leaders to strengthen macroeconomic policy coordination and bolster the role of the G20 in global economic governance. [China seeks to restructure the global order in an ongoing effort to advance its own interests.]
When asked about Xi’s comments Monday afternoon, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the Chinese president’s call for a new order would not change the Biden administration’s strategic approach to China. And what, exactly, will that approach be?
Psaki’s response sounded like it came right out of a State Department manual — which is unsurprising, given that she was a spokesperson at State during the Obama administration.
“What we’ve seen over the last few years is that China’s growing more authoritarian at home and more assertive abroad and Beijing is now challenging our security, prosperity and values in significant ways that require a new U.S. approach.”
[You see how this is all coming together, right?]
Psaki then used a “vaguely familiar” [sarc] to a term used by
Chicago Jesus her former boss when discussing pleasant places like North Korea. Let’s let Washington Post columnist Jos Rogin describe it.
.@PressSec on China: “China is growing more authoritarian at home and more assertive abroad. And Beijing is now challenging our security, prosperity and values in significant ways that require a new US approach.” Good
“We want to approach this with some strategic patience.” Oops
— Josh Rogin (@joshrogin) January 25, 2021
There it is.
“We want to approach this with some strategic patience.”
“We want to approach this with some strategic patience,” Psaki said of Biden’s #China policy. She said the White House would be engaging with Republicans and Democrats, as well as international allies and partners, on the issue in coming weeks. https://t.co/oOEuhXHZ0N
— David Brunnstrom (@davidbrunnstrom) January 25, 2021
This is mind-numbing.
“We’re starting from an approach of patience as it relates to our relationship with China.
“So that means we’re going to have consultations with our allies, we’re going to have consultations with Democrats and Republicans, and we’re going to allow the interagency process to work its way through, to review and assess how we should move forward with our relationship.”
I got nothin’.
— One America News (@OANN) January 26, 2021
Steven L. Miller — @redsteeze — nailed it.
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) January 25, 2021
Let’s jump into the Wayback Machine for a minute, and put this whole thing into context.
Barack Obama’s foreign policy was pretty much an unmitigated disaster.
Here are a few of the “greatest hits” on his watch.
In 2012, Obama issued his infamous “red line” warning to Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, warning that any attempt by Syria to move or use its chemical weapons would change his administration’s “calculus” in the region, evoking the possibility of more direct U.S. intervention in the conflict. A year Assad did just that, firing rockets filled with sarin gas into towns around Damascus, killing an estimated 1,400 civilians — including women and children. Obama gave a puffed-out-chest address to the nation — but his hollow “red line” “changed calculus” was nowhere to be seen. Worse? He agreed to allow Russia to oversee the “dismantling” — wink-wink — of Assad’s chemical stockpiles.
In 2014, Russia seized and illegally annexed Crimea, and entered into a protracted war with Ukraine. Obama did little more — very little —than whine about it.
Also in 2014, Obama referred to the then-rising Islamist terrorist group ISIS — which he insisted on calling “ISIL” (more proper in the Mideast, you know) — as a “jayvee team.” “The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a jayvee team puts on Lakers uniforms, that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant.” That “jayvee team” went on to commit unspeakable atrocities, including beheading several Americans on video.
And of course, Obama’s long-standing policy of “strategic patience” with the nuclear pariah state of North Korea.
Washington Examiner’s Jerry Dunleavy suggested “strategic patience” doesn’t seem like a “successful model for pushing back against the Chinese Communist Party.”
Jen Psaki said the Biden Admin is approaching China with “strategic patience.” An odd phrase to volunteer – “strategic patience” was often used to describe the Obama Admin’s approach to North Korea, which doesn’t seem like a successful model for pushing back against the CCP.
— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) January 25, 2021
And finally, this trio sums up perfectly what we now know of Biden’s foreign policy.
Strategic Patience. The new leading from behind. America Last. https://t.co/K4h4dElwMi
— Dallas (@Dallas_Jones78) January 25, 2021
“Strategic patience” = “Don’t do anything that will piss off the CCP”
— Schültzie (@muffnbear) January 25, 2021
Strategic patience is code for “We have no clue what to do.” https://t.co/rPR0xrm9mx
— Juan Delgado (@BurritoHunting) January 25, 2021
It’s such a comforting feeling to know “everything old is new again,” huh?
H/T ~ Twitchy