As an integral part of his campaign message, President Donald Trump has accused presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden of being soft on China, and a new report from The National Pulse seems to lend credence to that allegation.
The piece, published on July 26, notes that in 2012 Biden “visited a Confucius Classroom at the California-based International Studies Learning Center (ISLC)” along with then-Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, an event that was covered by China’s Xinhua News Agency.
“On their arrival at the school gate, Xi Jinping and his delegation were greeted by US Vice President Joe Biden, US ambassador to China Gary Locke, Mayor of Los Angeles Antonio Villaraigosa, and school leaders,” Xinhua reported at the time.
However, The National Pulse pointed out that “Confucius Classrooms function as the elementary school complement to college-level Confucius Institutes, notoriously rife with Chinese propaganda, intellectual property theft, and espionage per the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Department of Justice (DOJ).”
Biden praises Xi
The piece also observed that during the visit, Xi “propositioned strengthened cooperation in the educational field,” a notion to which Biden offered no pushback, despite the Chinese Communist Party’s notorious use of American academia as a conduit for propaganda efforts.
UPI quoted Biden as saying during the visit that Xi “has been absolutely straightforward. He is, like, me, trying to understand the other man’s position. You can’t ask for much more than that.”
The National Pulse article features a picture of Xi and Biden holding t-shirts, and while Biden’s shirt features Chinese characters, the one in Xi’s hands says “Fostering Good Will Between America & China.”
China is “not competition”
The Confucius Classroom visit was far from the only time the former vice president has attempted to downplay the threat China poses to American interests.
At an Iowa campaign event in May of last year, Biden rhetorically asked his audience, “China is going to eat our lunch? Come on, man.”
“They can’t even figure out how to deal with the, the, the fact that they have this great division between the China Sea and the mountains in the East–I mean the West,” he argued.
“Now, I mean, I, you know, they’re not bad folks, folks,” Biden went on to insist. “But guess what? They’re not, they’re not a competition for us.”
It remains to be seen whether the media will ever ask Biden to explain these and other statements evidencing weakness on China, but it stands to reason that come debate time, President Donald Trump won’t hold back.