The current health crisis facing our nation and the world has truly placed a spotlight on our nation’s policy toward China. America has suffered tens of thousands of deaths, and there is ongoing economic damage as a result of the spread of the coronavirus – a virus that started in China. As a result it is guaranteed that China policy will be at the center of the debate in the 2020 Presidential Election.
While many so-called “policy experts” have advocated a soft policy to China, this is no longer tenable. And that is making many observers take a very skeptical look at former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic candidate for President.
For a long time, some observers have warned – in vain – about China’s unfair trade practices, theft of intellectual property, suppression of human rights, and increasing militarism. But now we see that China poses not only an economic and military threat, but also a health threat. When supply chains for essential products – such as pharmaceuticals – are dominated by China, this health threat is quite ominous.
Biden’s record on China, both as a U.S. Senator and as Vice President in the Obama-Biden administration, is worrisome.
Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas), one of the Senate’s strongest hawks on China policy, has written the following:
“….the reality is that the former vice president’s support of the People’s Republic of China is deep and longstanding. In the critical fight over whether to grant most-favored-nation trade status and World Trade Organization membership to China in the 1990s … Biden carefully shepherded China through the process from his powerful perch as the senior Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Wherever a brake might have been applied — by placing human-rights or labor conditions on most-favored-nation status, for example — Biden voted the measures down and lobbied other senators for Beijing. Unfortunately, China and Biden got their way, and American workers are still suffering from it.” (source: https://bit.ly/3djOcCC)
In addition, there are red flags signaling possible corruption in the relationship of Biden and his family with China. In 2013, Joe Biden’s son Hunter accompanied the Vice President on a trip to China. Soon afterwards, Hunter Biden joined a China-based investment management company, and profited greatly as a result. With many Americans – including many of our nation’s veterans – currently suffering economic hardship because of a disease that originated in China, there is understandable outrage and resentment about Hunter Biden’s profiting from his father’s former position as Vice President.
Perhaps Biden’s weak policy on China is not surprising – after all, he was a major figure in the Obama-Biden administration, known for its weak foreign policy in general (not just with regard to China).
More recently, when a ban was placed on travel from China in order to protect the health of the American people, Joe Biden called the travel ban “xenophobic.” He was forced to backtrack, but given his past record on China, voters should think twice – or perhaps three times – before giving him their support.