Curiously, the Biden Administration has stated it is not even attempting “to contain China,” even as the Chinese military is actively extending its global reach into the Atlantic.
Just days ago, as we reported, Secretary of State Antony Blinken sat down for an interview with Nora O’Donnell on 60 Minutes and offered a relatively honest assessment, based in reality, of China’s aggressive behavior.
What we’ve witnessed over the last several years is China acting more repressively at home and more aggressively abroad. That is a fact . . . I think over time China believes that it can be and should be, and will be, the dominant country in the world.
Sec. Blinken then went on to offer an astonishingly weak approach regarding dealing with China:
It is the one country in the world that has the military, economic, diplomatic capacity to undermine or challenge the rules-based order that we care so much about [and] are determined to defend. But I want to be very clear about something. And this is important.Our purpose is not to contain China, to hold it back, to keep it down. It is to uphold this rules-based order that China is posing a challenge to. Anyone who poses a challenge to that order, we’re going to stand up and defend it.
Then, just yesterday, Sec. Blinken spoke with BBC Radio 4 and doubled down on the Biden Administration’s pathetically weak plan for dealing with China, even in the midst of visible aggression:
We’re not trying to contain China; we’re not trying to hold it back. We recognize that countries have relationships with China, interests with China. We’re not trying to say you have to choose between China and the United States.
But here’s what we are saying: We’re in favor of upholding certain basic ideas, and in particular, this so-called rules-based international system that we and the United Kingdom, among others, have heavily invested in for generations. And it’s been a benefit to us, been a benefit to countries around the world. Whenever anyone tries to undermine that system by not playing by the rules, by not making good on commitments it’s made, then we will stand up and say no, we don’t accept that.So this is not directed at China per se. It is directed at upholding this rules-based order, because that has been the best guarantor of peace, progress, stability the world has seen over the last 75 years.
The Biden Administration certainly continues to talk out of both sides of its mouth, sending conflicting messages. Meanwhile, there are news reports of China expanding their military power, as well as increasing their reach.
The ACLJ’s Senior Military Analyst Ret. Colonel Wes Smith has offered a concerning analysis regarding the realities of China’s military force:
China is not our friend. We have to deal with that. We have to look at the world as it is, not as we wish it were. And so I think what’s lacking right now is a coherent and consistent policy regarding China. How are going to deal with it because militarily they are aggressive. And here’s the thing, a lot of people do not realize this – China, present day, has the largest standing military in the world . . . . For them to have a presence with their aircraft carriers and their submarines in the Atlantic, that has never happened before. And it should concern the United States and our allies. They are aggressive. They are looking to expand their reach globally, militarily.
That should be very alarming. We’ve seen how China has demonstrated willful disregard for international rules. China has aligned itself with Iran, the number one state sponsor of terrorism in the world. China is forcefully cracking down on Christians and other religious minorities, even committing “genocide” against religious minorities. Yet the Biden approach is to stand back and trust them to follow the rules?
When asked if China ever follows, or even respects, any of these international norms, ACLJ Senior Counsel for Global Affairs and former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave a very blunt answer:
Never. Whether it was the World Trade Organization and the massive violations. Whether it was their promises that they made to the people of Hong Kong, or one that’s still impacting us today – they violated the basic norms of how you operate a biosafety lab inside of Wuhan. And the result is now almost 3 million deaths across the world and billions of dollars of economic destruction because the Chinese Communist Party has dominated the World Health Organization in a way, that international regulatory body, and then hid the outcomes. This is a country that violates every international norm.
Rather than take a hands-off approach, as the Biden Administration now seems to be indicating is their strategy, Sec. Pompeo suggested that we must stand our ground and be firm:
The only solution is for the United States to lead a global coalition to confront them and to impose costs on them. Unless they change their ways. Unless they begin to comply. There’s no sign that they intend to do that yet. That means that our resolve has to be all that much greater.
Today’s full Sekulow broadcast is complete with more analysis of China’s military movements, as well as discussion of U.S. defense contractor Honeywell being fined for harming national security by sharing technical information about American fighter jets with China.
Watch the full broadcast below.
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