Biden recently released his first foreign policy speech after taking office at the U.S. State Department. He said that the Chinese Communist Party is the most serious competitor of the United States; however, the U.S. is willing to cooperate with Beijing as long as it is in the U.S. interest. Chinese democracy activist Wang Dan interpreted that “confrontation” will not be part of U.S. policy toward China in the future, and that the U.S. and the West will pay a price for it.
On Feb. 4, Biden delivered a foreign policy speech at the State Department. It was the first foreign policy speech by a U.S. president since the Biden Administration took office.
Biden said: America’s allies are America’s greatest asset. Leading in international diplomacy means the United States must once again stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our allies and key partners.
Referring to China, Biden said the United States will directly confront the challenges posed by the Chinese Communist Party to the United States, and that the United States will counter the Communist Party’s coercive economic practices and also counter China’s attacks on human rights, intellectual property rights and global governance.
At the same Time, Biden mentioned that the CCP is the most serious competitor of the United States, but Washington will be ready to cooperate with Beijing when it is in the U.S. interest.
In response, Chinese pro-democracy activist Wang Dan said Biden’s formal positioning of the CCP as a “competitor” rather than a “threat” could be seen as a declaration of a return to “appeasement” in China Policy The positioning itself, according to Wang Dan, is also a declaration of a return to “appeasement.
According to Wang Dan, the positioning itself is absurd. The so-called “competition” means that both sides will abide by a set of rules of the game, otherwise how can they compete? But does today’s Chinese Communist Party have any intention of abiding by international rules? A person who does not follow the rules can only be a saboteur and a disruptor, how can he be a “competitor”?
Wang Dan lamented that in the future, the word “confrontation” will not appear in the U.S. policy toward China, and “negotiation” and “dialogue” will become the mode of interaction again. This is to be expected, the United States and the West will pay the price for this.
In fact, Biden’s nominee for secretary of state, Antony Blinken, has said that there is a cooperative side to the U.S.-China relationship. They may cooperate with Beijing on climate change and some other issues.
On Biden’s second day in office, six core issues were removed from the policy issues section of the State Department website, including the Chinese Communist threat, 5G security and illegal immigration.
The Chinese Communist threat, a new section introduced by Pompeo in November 2020, outlined in detail the threat posed by the Chinese Communist Party to global peace and security. It is unclear why the Biden administration pulled these policy topics.
Within days of taking office, Biden signed dozens of executive orders overturning many of the Trump administration’s executive orders, including banning the federal government from saying “China virus” and delaying the ban on investment in Chinese Communist military companies.
At the same time, Blinken referred to Tsai as “Taiwan‘s elected representative” and emphasized that support for Taiwan should be prudent.
In the face of frequent harassment of Taiwan by Chinese military aircraft and military exercises in the South China Sea, the Biden administration has not only failed to counterattack, but has instead declared that it will adopt “strategic patience”.
On Feb. 3, the new U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin convened military leaders and announced plans to suspend U.S. military activities for the next 60 days to strengthen the fight against so-called white supremacy and right-wing extremism among U.S. military forces.
The Defense Department did not disclose the length of the suspension of U.S. military activities, and according to reports, the 60-day period will be arranged by commanders, without mentioning what form the action will take.