The Biden administration's handling of escalating tensions with China has faced criticism, despite the National Security Council (NSC) pushing back against these claims. However, a policy and foreign relations expert cautioned that Biden's tactics have inadvertently invited further aggression from China.
An Unfair Advantage
The Biden administration faced heavy criticism this week for providing a significant advantage to Chinese President Xi Jinping. This occurred when two senior officials from the administration traveled to China on Sunday, aiming to ease tensions between the two nations.
Coincidentally, Sunday marked the 34th anniversary of the tragic Tiananmen Square massacre, during which the Chinese military brutally killed hundreds, possibly thousands, of pro-democracy protesters.
Recent incidents involving espionage and military activities have hindered attempts at dialogue between the United States and China. Earlier this year, U.S. forces shot down an alleged Chinese spy balloon, and over the weekend, a Chinese warship aggressively obstructed the path of an American warship.
Gordon Chang, an expert in the field, criticized Biden for pursuing a conventional engagement policy that he believed has proven ineffective for nearly half a century.
Gordon Chang, a senior fellow at the Gatestone Institute, expressed his concerns during an interview on “Mornings with Maria.” He pointed out that the administration responds to China's provocations by delaying actions that should be taken against them.
This approach grants China the advantage of conducting activities such as flying spy balloons over the United States while avoiding necessary countermeasures. According to Chang, this opens the door for more provocations and belligerence from Beijing.
Chang warned that China's primary goal extends beyond the annexation of Taiwan; they also aim for military and economic supremacy over the United States.
He highlighted the concerning intercepts and international statements as evidence of China's intentions, emphasizing that the United States is a prime target.
“Those dangerous intercepts and the global comments, the one on May 26 and the one last Saturday, that's what they're doing. We are a target,” Chang warned.
The Great Defender
In response to these allegations, NSC spokesperson John Kirby defended the administration's stance from the White House on Tuesday. Kirby refuted claims that the administration is not doing enough to bolster defenses against China or that they are yielding to the People's Republic of China.
“It boggles my mind that anybody anywhere would think that A) we're not engaging in diplomacy, and B) the diplomacy and the use of it, and the attempt at dialog and diplomacy, is somehow weakness,” Kirby said.
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The Global Consequences of War
China's defense minister acknowledged on Sunday that a war between China and the United States would have devastating global consequences. He emphasized the urgent need for both countries to enhance their strained relations, which have reached an all-time low.
Speaking at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, he stated that history has repeatedly shown that cooperation benefits both China and the United States, while confrontation leads to losses for both parties.
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