Critics of President Joe Biden — including former President Donald Trump — have warned that his administration would likely be outmaneuvered by China’s communist regime.
In a tweet on Friday, U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) argued that this is exactly what is happening in the wake of the Biden administration’s first meeting with its Chinese counterparts.
“Little confidence in the democracy”
The senator wrote that China “believes it can roll the Biden administration.”
Leaders from both nations met in Alaska on Thursday for a photo op that soon took on a somewhat hostile tone.
According to reports, representatives of the U.S. including Secretary of State Antony Blinkin and national security adviser Jake Sullivan. China sent Yang Jiechi of the Communist Party’s Politburo and top diplomat Wang Yi.
As a transcript reveals, Yang proved especially critical of American democracy, essentially challenging the Biden administration to do what China wants.
“Many people within the United States actually have little confidence in the democracy of the United States, and they have various views regarding the government of the United States,” he said.
“It did not come up only recently”
At another point of the conference, Yan added that his country hopes “that the United States will do better on human rights,” depicting an American society that has been in decline for some time.
“The challenges facing the United States in human rights are deep-seated,” he claimed. “They did not just emerge over the past four years, such as Black Lives Matter. It did not come up only recently.”
Driving home his point, the Chinese spokesperson asserted: “So we do hope that for our two countries, it’s important that we manage our respective affairs well instead of deflecting the blame on somebody else in this world.”
The stance China took in response to the current U.S. administration is notably different than its reception of the Trump administration. While it might have been passive-aggressive under Trump, now it appears more flat-out aggressive.
As Hawley and others have noted, it is likely that China is apparently moving to offense because its leaders believe they can push the Biden White House around. In light of his softer approach to the communist nation, U.S. critics are increasingly afraid the president will not correct course before it is too late.