When trying to make sense of the convoluted foreign policy that is emerging from the White House in regards to China, I flashed back to 1972 when President Nixon (who drafted me by the way) became the first U.S. President to open diplomatic ties with China. I thought what a monumental mistake this was going to end up being. Well, here we are now, up to our armpits in takeout with Biden (et. al. diverting attention from China to cover their misdoings). How apropos is this Chinese proverb “A Thief cries, Stop Thief!!!
Why is the attitude towards China highly partisan, where the consensus on Russia was obviously that they were trying to take over the world and we had to oppose them. The threat that Russia posed was military but the threat that China poses is also military but primarily economic. Their attempt to defeat the United States is basically to buy it out! They are taking over so many aspects of American life that generate so much campaign cash to so many politicians, that they essentially control our political process. (Morris, 2021)
One of the greatest examples of this is the “Penn Biden Center”, University of Pennsylvania, that was established in 2017 by then former VP Joe Biden. China has increased its donations to U Penn since the center opened from $21 million to $73 million a year. Now the university lumps all the donated money from China together and doesn’t say where it goes, but most likely it went to the center. U Penn won’t confirm or deny this issue. (Morris,2021)
Interestingly enough, China actually gave the Clinton Administration a huge campaign contribution routed through Indonesia which has recently been exposed but it goes beyond just politics. This whole stock trading furor in the past few days involved ‘Reddit’ with one of the primary beneficiaries being the stock of AMC Theaters which is owned by China. (Morris,2021)
How about Smithfield Hams (Smithfield Meats), The Waldorf Astoria, and Jackson Hole Resort being owned by China. There is a sense that China has been targeting upscale resorts in the U.S. and some have indicated fears that this is to eavesdrop on high profile V.I.P. guests. (Morris,2021) The list goes on with China making $122 billion dollars of direct investments in the U.S. in the last 20 years, however, $46 billion last year. These are direct investments that give China control with a most recent story that they are acquiring Bio Labs in the U.S. and are getting involved with tracking Ancestry websites perhaps to get access to DNA records of millions of Americans.
There is no reason to believe that the Biden Administration will be tough on China. You have Hunter (speaks for itself), Blinken (Sec. of State) that headed the “Penn Biden Center” that was most likely funded by China , and the new National Security Advisor Sullivan who has a long history of China appeasement and being soft on China. The Biden Administration are the all-star team of China appeasement. (Morris,2021)
So closing with another Chinese proverb, “Striking the grass alerts the snake” and the snake is most definitely in the White House!