Biden’s Anti-China Agenda
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
On all things China and other nations free from US control, Biden’s agenda taking shape is likely to prioritize war by hot and/or other means over pursuing mutually beneficial cooperative relations.
That’s how the scourge of US imperialism operates under both right wings of its war party.
On Wednesday, Biden spoke to his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping for the first time — a confrontational interaction suggesting no change in US toughness to follow.
According to reports of their discussion, irreconcilable differences still define bilateral relations.
They’re all about China’s growing political, economic, industrial, technological, and military might bipartisan US dark forces want contained and undermined.
Both nations are rivals, not partners.
Along with Russia, China’s growing prominence and might on the world stage conflicts with longstanding US aims to dominate other countries unchallenged — risking a potentially devastating clash of civilizations if its rage goes unchecked.
Biden reportedly challenged Xi on various issues, including Hong Kong, Xinjiang, and Taiwan.
According to the South China Morning Post, “Xi pushed back, describing Taiwan, Hong Kong and Xinjiang as China’s ‘internal affairs,’ and called for the resumption of dialogue between the countries” over confrontation Trump hardliners pursued.
Xi was quoted saying that “(c)ooperation is the only correct choice for the two nations. Cooperation can help the two nations and the world to accomplish big things, while confrontation is definitely a disaster,” adding:
“China and US will have different views on certain issues, and it is important for them to treat each other with respect and equally, and properly manage the differences in constructive manner.”
Xi’s call for restoring bilateral relations Trump unravelled fell on Biden’s deaf ears, confrontation over mutual cooperation highly likely to continue — what I call US war by other means.
Days earlier, Blinken said “Trump was right to take a tougher approach to China. That was the right thing to do,” adding:
“We have to engage China from a position of strength.”
“And whether it’s the adversarial aspects of the relationship, the competitive ones, or the cooperative ones which are there in our mutual interest,” Biden regime toughness will be pursued in bilateral relations.
On Wednesday, Biden hardliners initiated a Pentagon task force to evaluate Sino/US relations and decide how bilateral relations will be pursued ahead.
In Wednesday remarks to Pentagon officials, Biden called US relations with China “the competition of the future,” adding:
Beijing presents “growing challenges” that threaten US interests in the Indo/Pacific and elsewhere worldwide.
Bilateral relations “will require a whole-of-government effort, bipartisan cooperation in Congress and strong alliances and partnerships.”
“That’s how we’ll meet the China challenge and ensure the American people win the competition of the future.”
It involves alliances with regional and other countries to confront China on various issues.
According to former Trump advisor on Sino/US relations Michael Pillsbury:
“If China is our main challenge, we’re going to need a new command structure and some kind of (Pentagon) czar over all (issues related to) our relationship with China.”
On Tuesday, China’s official People’s Daily broadsheet said Biden “seems to be returning to the track of promoting American values and imposing an America-led world order by building back the old pattern under which Washington commands while its allies follow behind,” adding:
The US considers itself “the natural leader of the world,” an imperial notion that offends other nations.
“Biden-brand engagement…continue(s) contain(ment) (of) all potential challengers,” notably China.
Biden and hardliners surrounding him calling the country “our most serious competitor” indicates no change in US toughness against Beijing ahead.
The People’s Daily stressed how “blunt (US) trade wars, willful sanctions and self-serving coercions over the past four years have seriously damaged the credibility of the United States in the eyes of its allies” worldwide.
Strained US relations with China and other nations free from its control seems certain to continue at least largely unchanged under Biden.
It’s an ominous sign for what may lie ahead that includes possible direct confrontation with China, Russia, Iran, and/or other US invented adversaries ahead — by accident or design.
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