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Blinken in the Multiverse of Biden Madness, Chinese Edition

Secretary of State Antony Blinken gave a long-awaited speech on the Biden administration’s China policies at George Washington University on Thursday. The speech pointed to several realities about Beijing and the Chinese Communist Party:

  • The most serious long-term challenge facing the United States is China.
  • China and Russia openly cooperate in various fields, including military activities.
  • Human rights are an integral and essential part of any relationship with China.
  • Beijing does not extend reciprocity in its relations with others.
  • China has a very different economic system, which makes dealing with it a fundamentally different matter from dealing with, say, Japan or Germany.

Apparently, to address this different, long-term, and serious challenge, the Biden administration is pursuing a policy of “invest, align, compete.” Apparently, it’s about investing in American competitiveness and democracy, aligning with our allies, and competing with China.

That might just be the reality – in another part of the multiverse. But in this universe, Blinken’s speech was largely divorced from the current policies of the Biden administration.

In terms of investing in American competitiveness, the Biden administration apparently believes that American competitiveness is best achieved by increasing regulation and frustrating attempts to expand American production.

Even as container ships were stuck outside one of America’s largest ports, with lines of ships stretching along the coast, the administration did nothing to break up the gridlock. As energy prices soar, the administration withdrew three major oil and gas lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska.

Blinken also talked about investing in education as a way to improve American competitiveness. Yet in this universe, President Joe Biden has endorsed Terry McAuliffe and other Democratic politicians who intend to close or dump some of the top performing magnet high schools focused on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

Another effort outlined in the speech is to align the United States with our friends and allies in this competition. But in this universe, Biden canceled the Keystone XL pipeline project, which would help strengthen economic ties between the United States and Canada.

Biden also halted charges against Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s chief financial officer, and allowed her to be released to return to China. Canadian officials had detained Meng at the request of the United States, and China brazenly retaliated by arresting several Canadian citizens. It all came to naught, as the administration effectively dropped all charges, leaving Canadians to look like fools.

As for competition with China, perhaps nowhere is the discrepancy between rhetoric and reality so great.

The same administration claiming to be in competition shut down the Justice Department’s China Initiative, which sought to turn off the tap of intellectual property that China was tapping at its source – American universities and institutions. Despite high-profile lawsuits and convictions, such as that of a Harvard professor paid $50,000 a month by Beijing, the administration found it couldn’t stand the heat to sustain the effort.

The same administration that claims to have the strongest military in the world passed on a Navy plan to scrap or decommission some 24 warships, including several nuclear attack submarines, to maintain the rest of the active Navy.

That same administration, however, prioritized gender identity and gender expression training, making it mandatory. It is debatable whether training in Chinese languages ​​and Chinese intelligence has been made mandatory even in the cantonments of the US Indo-Pacific Command.

Perhaps all this shouldn’t be surprising. He is, after all, a secretary of state who allowed the Chinese to take over a meeting on American shores, and who did not really disagree with Chinese claims that we we are a racist society. It is also a secretary of state who allowed his deputy to appear at meetings with the Chinese, and obediently accepted a list of Chinese demands (including the release of Meng). And it was a secretary of state who, as the Taliban marched on Kabul, contacted his Chinese counterpart for help, apparently expecting help from Beijing.

In this administration’s universe, perhaps confusing words with deeds — emphasizing meetings called rather than actions taken — is seen as an expression of strength. China’s Xi Jinping is unlikely to agree.

This piece originally appeared in The Daily Signal