The Chinese communist government is moving quickly to expand its influence across the world, while giving threats to other nations that could try to stop it – as the U.S. is attempting to gather allies to push back on the communist regime’s expansionist drive.
“The Chinese citizens will not accept anyone oppressing or bullying us and anyone who tries to do this will face bloodshed and broken heads before the 1.4 billion Chinese people,” President Xi Jinping announced this week as his country celebrates the 100 year anniversary of the party’s beginnings.
Xi has led a government that has cemented their power at home and has been cracking down against dissent and groups that they see as undesirable, while expanding its influence worldwide.
The Biden White House has so far taken a not so confrontational path to dealing with the threat of China when compared to the Trump White House, instead trying to create a coalition to fight the threat. In some ways it has used Trump’s moves by not lifting Trump White House trade tariffs and even building on other measures – such as further limiting American investment on firms connected to the Chinese military.
Biden’s comments have also showed concerns about the threat that China is giving to the U.S.
“Last night I spoke for two hours with Xi Jinping,” Biden said. “It was a great conversation, I know him, we spent a lot of time together when I was VP, but if this country does not get moving, they will beat us. They have major new rail programs, and they already have one that does 325 miles per hour with no problem at all. They are making huge efforts to do what I believe we will have to do.”
In Feb., Biden unveiled the formation of a Defense Dept. China Task Force to study the future challenges of U.S.-China relations; meanwhile, G7 members accepted an initiative to challenge China’s Belt and Road Initiative.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken has also restated his call for a greater cooperation and alliance to counter China, after talking to NATO allies.
“When one of us gets coerced we should respond and work together to lower our vulnerability by guaranteeing our economies are more connected with each other,” Blinken stated at NATO headquarters back in March.
After G-7 leaders gave a comment in June slamming China for a number of reasons, President Biden defended the organization against reports that it was not strong enough on China.
“The G-7 agreed to put attention on the human rights abuses within China. I know this will sound a bit prosaic, but I believe we are in a contest, with autocratic countries, as to whether democratic countries can compete with them in a rapidly changing new century,” he said.
Author: Steven Sinclaire