(RightIsRight.co) – Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic erupted out of China, tensions between the East Asian country and our own have escalated. Former President Donald Trump put many sanctions on the Communist nation, most of which President Joe Biden thus far has kept. But, as talks between our two countries began this week in Alaska, China ramped up the pressure on the Biden administration to fold to its agenda.
China Pushes Back Against Trump’s America-First Policies
During his administration, President Trump fought hard to protect American markets from Chinese sabotage. This strategy was part of his administration’s commitment to putting American jobs and welfare above all others.
However, according to the Wall Street Journal, China will lean hard against the Biden administration to undo the restrictions Trump put on them. China wants to reverse sanctions on their technology sector and hopes to open up travel again between our nations for Communist Party personnel, Chinese students, and government-sponsored reporters.
Chinese Diplomats Clashed With Biden’s Cabinet This Week
On Wednesday, March 17, Secretary of State Antony Blinken introduced additional sanctions against China in response to Beijing’s harsh treatment of pro-democracy movements in Hong Kong. The following day, Blinken and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan met with Chinese diplomats Wang Yi and Yang Jiechi in Anchorage, Alaska.
As the meeting began, the US declared they “do not seek conflict” with China but instead look for “stiff competition” between our countries. However, their Chinese counterparts took the offensive and told the US officials to back off of China’s “internal matters” and stop pushing American democracy on nations all over the world.
Blinken responded to these accusations, clearly stating that China’s authoritarian actions lately “threaten the rules-based order that maintains global stability.” But, while the US officials talked back, they also conveyed a willingness to work with China when it coincides with our principles and allied interests.
Will Biden Back Down From the Fight?
President Biden’s hard-on-China stance is new to his political playbook, as he has praised the nation in the past. In 2011, Biden welcomed and encouraged direct US investment into Chinese businesses and said it was in our nation’s “self-interest that China continue to prosper.” However, the additional sanctions he imposed this week show he may be willing to stand up to our greatest threat.
Hopefully, the president continues to condemn Communism as the Chinese Communist Party works to further its reach across the globe and onto our shores.
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