In an ominous move, Chinese dictator Xi Jinping recently announced that his regime will be taking a bigger role on the world stage.
According to Breitbart, Xi's remarks were made on Monday after China's National People’s Congress (NPC) voted last week to give him another term in office.
Fox News noted that in addition to serving as president, Xi is also general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (CPP) as well as chairman of the military commission.
Breitbart quoted the communist leader as telling lawmakers that China "will play an active part in the reform and development of the global governance system."
However, Xi complained that the United States and its allies "have implemented all-round containment and suppression of China, which has brought unprecedented severe challenges to the country’s development."
"We should comprehensively promote the modernization of national defense and military construction, and build the people’s army into a great wall of steel that effectively safeguards national sovereignty, security, and development interests," he continued.
"In the face of profound and complex changes in the international and domestic environment, we must remain calm, maintain concentration, strive for progress while maintaining stability, take action, be united and dare to struggle," Xi added.
China's growing prominence runs contrary to the assurances offered by Joe Biden when he was running for president.
Biden on China: “They’re not competition for us”
I was just at a manufacturing plant that is being threatened by China’s corrupt trade practices. Not to mention the national security threats they pose. Joe is plain wrong. China is absolutely a threat. pic.twitter.com/qOlr1YIAVR
— Bradley Byrne (@BradleyByrne) May 1, 2019
"China is going to eat our lunch? Come on, man," the Daily Mail quoted Biden as saying at a campaign event in May of 2019.
"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 continued.
"They can’t figure out how they’re gonna deal with the corruption that exists within the system," the then future president declared.
"Now, I mean, I, you know, they’re not bad folks, folks. But guess what? They’re not, they’re not a competition for us," Biden went on to insist.