China Outplaying Biden

Last Friday, Chinese Leader Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a joint statement totaling over 5,000 words. They described their shared vision for a post-US global system.

America’s Thinning Lead Over China

President Biden is apparently reacting with a new Indo-Pacific Economic Strategy with allied countries that would cover digital commerce, supply chains, and “green technology.” This is insufficient.

With domestic kickbacks to big labor and slush funds for unchecked foreign entities, such as the UN, the House legislation demonstrates a Democrat Party far more concerned with diversification, equity, and participation in the nation’s research labs than maintaining the US technological lead over China.

China has a definite vision for the future generation. Its joint declaration with Russia expresses support for Putin’s vision of a new European order in which NATO is permitted to contract.

Russia supports China’s resistance to the US-Australia-United Kingdom security deal and insists the West ignore China’s aggressive assertions over Hong Kong, the South China Sea, and Taiwan.

Economic connections are increasing in lockstep with these common diplomatic goals.

Russia is China’s second-biggest oil supplier and third-largest natural gas provider. Russia’s trade with China was $147 billion last year, making China Russia’s largest commercial partner.

A stronger partnership will be formed when the countries agree to work together on more than just the development of the Arctic. They will also integrate China’s Belt and Road Initiative, along with Putin’s Eurasian Economic Union.

It is not remarkable that Biden is expected to answer with “a series of individual agreements” that would omit “legally enforceable market-opening measures that require legislative approval.”

It’s a pity Biden feels so insecure he’s unable to convince Congress of his preferred approach.

This is not the time to stifle strategic movements for the sake of obtaining congressional support. When House Democrats added extra things like this, it’s understandable why the man was afraid to sign on to the COMPETES Act.

Nearly eight months ago, a bipartisan Senate majority enacted legislation investing $190 billion in research and innovation, along with $50 billion in semiconductor manufacturing capacity expansion in the United States. 

The Growing Threat That is China

Last year, the bill stayed dormant in the House, due to Biden’s lack of leadership.

Finally, following the demise of President Biden’s Build Back Better initiative, the House brought up the bill this year and swiftly stuffed it with poison pill measures. 

They included a long-desired and irrelevant card check provision for Big Labor, established an $8 billion climate slush fund for the United Nations, and staffed the National Science Foundation with contentious and ineffective “diversity, equality, and inclusion” bureaucrats.

All of these redundant, inconsequential provisions must be eliminated by the Senate if this measure becomes law. However, even if it does, the US would remain far from where it needs to be to face China’s geopolitical threat.

The US requires a more effective response than “diversity, fairness, and inclusion” to China’s hypersonic weaponry. Additionally, it requires a response to China’s militarization of space, to China’s rising hacking prowess, and to China’s growing naval ability.

The battle lines for a new cold war are being drawn. The pieces are being assembled.

Biden must abandon his country-by-country approach and embrace a coherent vision for how the United States will confront and contain China. Biden has thus far failed in this endeavor.