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Liberal Press Not Buying Biden the China Hawk

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U.S. Vice President Joe Biden spoke before a dinner at Admiralty House in Sydney on July 19, 2016. At the time, U.S. and Australian troops planned to step up training to answer challenges in the Pacific, Biden said amid rising tensions over Beijing's claims in the South China Sea. (Jessica Hromas AFP via Getty Images)

Bernard Kerik By Thursday, 10 September 2020 03:40 PM EDT Current | Bio | Archive

Joe Biden’s belated, weak attempt to cast himself as the America First, tough-on-China candidate in this race isn’t even convincing enough for The New York Times.

The Times — that venerable "paper of record" and self-appointed arbiter of acceptable opinions — has allowed its news coverage to devolve into a pastiche of serious journalism peppered with jargon and prejudices that only a decade ago were the exclusive preserve of campus radicals.

Editorial page of The Gray Lady screams daily about the existential threat the president supposedly represents to "who we are" and — for almost four years — has dutifully parroted the latest conspiracy theories about a "Russia collusion."

The paper will undoubtedly endorse Joe Biden for president just as it did his candidate-predecessor, Hillary Clinton.

Yet --- even The New York Times isn’t ready to swallow "Joe Biden the China Hawk."

In a Sunday feature, The Times gave a strikingly factual recitation of Joe Biden’s actual record on China: 40 years as the totalitarian power’s greatest enabler in the United States.

The piece recounts how, since the 1970s, Joe Biden was a leading member of the pro-China faction in the U.S. Senate, accepting and amplifying the fanciful notion that freer trade and greater engagement with China would lead organically to democratization and peace.

The article tells how throughout the 1980s and 1990s — even after the Chinese Communist Party had murdered thousands of pro-democracy protesters in the Tiananmen Square massacre of 1989, condemning untold numbers of dissidents to its shadowy network of gulags; and even after it was painfully obvious that China could soon represent America’s greatest economic and military rival — Joe Biden pushed to give China "most favored nation status" on trade.

Something supposedly not permitted for totalitarian countries.

Most embarrassingly, The Times gives a detailed account of how, as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 2001, Biden flew over to China to grovel and flatter the Chinese leadership and break down the prudently erected barriers to China’s membership in the World Trade Organization.

By now we all know the results: a quadrupled trade deficit, two million American factory jobs lost to China (just between 1999 and 2011), and the "Made-in-China" world we all now live with and in.

What The New York Times does not do sufficiently is mock Joe Biden’s recent about-face, dancing on the blood of Chinese minorities and dissidents whose oppressors Biden helped turn into billionaires and accusing President Trump of "cozying up" to the "dictators" whose rise Biden cheered as a "positive development" for America when he was vice president.

Donald Trump is the first and only American commander in chief to stand up against the system of surrender to China that Biden played a leading role in creating.

It was President Trump who killed the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that Biden championed as vice president, and now disavows out of political expediency.

It was President Trump who finally demanded, and won, real trade concessions from China.

Biden’s sudden discovery that the autocrats he brought into the world economic system are in fact totalitarians determined to displace America as the global hegemon can’t change the fact that only President Trump has a plan to do something about it.

In his second term, Donald J. Trump will continue to build on the success he achieved in his first term. He is determined to bring a million manufacturing jobs that fled to China back to the U.S. by whatever means necessary, including offering tax credits for companies that reverse off-shoring and denying federal contracts to those that continue to send jobs to China.

Joe Biden’s election would mean a return to the old system of surrender.

Not only would he refuse to hold China responsible for the spread of the coronavirus and the attendant death and economic devastation, he would also reverse the economic progress we’ve made by imposing strategic counter-tariffs designed to hold China to account.

Perhaps Biden still believes the same nonsense he did 40 years ago, that going easy on the Chinese will magically transform them into American liberals.

Sane people, on the other hand, know it will simply lead to more jobs flooding back across the Pacific. Regardless of what Joe Biden believes, there is no way he can get away with casting himself as the tough-on-China candidate.

Even The New York Times doesn't buy that one.

As New York City’s 40th Police Commissioner, Bernard Kerik was in command of the NYPD on September 11, 2001, and responsible for the city’s response, rescue, recovery, and the investigative efforts of the most substantial terror attack in world history. His 35-year career has been recognized in more than 100 awards for meritorious and heroic service, including a presidential commendation for heroism by President Ronald Reagan, two Distinguished Service Awards from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, The Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and an appointment as Honorary Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Commissioner Kerik hosts a weekly radio show, Behind the Badge, on 77 WABC Radio New York. Read Bernard Kerik's Reports — More Here.

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Perhaps Biden still believes the same nonsense he did 40 years ago, that going easy on the Chinese will magically transform them into American liberals.
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Thursday, 10 September 2020 03:40 PM
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