“China a Threat”: Biden Compares Chinese Xi Jinping to Vladimir Putin

Biden warned China is aspiring to become the world’s richest and most influential country and enforce its authoritarian autocracy on the rest of the world …

Putin, Biden and Xi
(left) Russian President Putin, (Middle )Chinese President Xi Jinping and USA President Joe Biden (l...

On Thursday, President Joe Biden aimed at Chinese President Xi Jinping and gave the clearest impression of his administration’s approach to Beijing. During his first solo press conference as president, Biden warned China is aspiring to become the world’s richest and most influential country and enforce its authoritarian autocracy on the rest of the world. 

“Xi doesn’t have a democratic—with a small ‘d’—bone in his body,” Biden said. 

Biden compared Xi Jinping to Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying that both believe “autocracy is the wave of the future” and that democracy cannot survive in an increasingly dynamic environment. Biden did not respond to a query about whether he would maintain the Trump administration’s sanctions on Beijing. He said that his strategy for dealing with China would be threefold:

  • Out-compete Beijing by growing US expenditure in science and technology steadily.
  • Reinforce America’s ties with other democratic nations to counter China’s authoritarian expansionist policies.
  • Draw the world’s attention toward Beijing’s increasing human rights violations.
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Biden said that the United States is spending on research and technology as a proportion of GDP has fallen sharply in the past few decades, and he intends to change the trend. He announced that his administration would campaign for substantial budget increases in artificial intelligence, quantum computing, biotech, and other sectors.

“China is out-investing us by a long shot because they plan to own that future,” Biden said, adding that he wanted to make sure that does not happen. “We have to have democracies working together,” he said.

Biden affirmed his desire to hold a meeting or conference of nations, with China’s imperialism being the major plan. Secretary of State Antony Blinken went to Europe to speak with allies about China and a slew of other diplomatic issues. Blinken emphasized China as a threat in Brussels’ speech on Wednesday, saying the US-EU partnership is critical in countering China’s threat. Blinken claimed that the Biden administration would not place its alliances in even a “them or us” position with China.

“We know that our allies have complex relationships with China that won’t always align perfectly, but we need to navigate these challenges together,” Blinken said in a speech at NATO headquarters. “That means working with our allies to close the gaps in areas like technology and infrastructure.”

Biden did not respond to whether his team is planning to ban Chinese goods made with forced labor. He pledged to hold China accountable for its violations of human rights, along with the imprisonment of over one million Uyghurs and other minority ethnic groups in its Xinjiang province.

He said he told Xi directly that “as long as you and your country continue to so blatantly violate human rights, we’re going to continue unrelentingly to call it to the attention of the world.”

According to the Biden government, China is committing “genocide” against the Uyghurs and involved in forced abortions, sexual abuse, and other violations to decrease the population’s growth. Biden’s views on China followed a strained conversation between Biden’s national security advisors and their Chinese counterparts at their first face-to-face discussion in Alaska a week ago. The talks got off to a terrible start, with public spats between US and Chinese officials over individual rights, cyber threats, and economic policies.

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