Report Advises Biden To Preserve and Build on Some Trump China Policies

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In the wake of last week’s Capitol Hill riot, many want President-elect Joe Biden to erase all remnants of President Trump and his policies. That would be “a serious mistake.”

The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD), a Washington, D.C. think tank I was previously affiliated with, issued a new report evaluating Trump’s national security and foreign policies. The report, titled From Trump to Biden: The Way Forward for U.S. National Security, analyzes Trump’s foreign policies, providing criticism of some and finding others “worthy of being maintained or built upon by the Biden administration.”

Many of these Trump policies worth keeping and expanding involve China’s global influence.

Richard Goldberg, a Senior Advisor at FDD, expanded on the report. He believes the new Biden administration should strive to develop a global comprehensive strategy to contain Beijing’s reach.

In an interview with Fox News, Goldberg notes that last week’s violence at the Capitol “will forever tarnish” Trump’s place in U.S. history and that “On top of all the other outrages, large and small, associated with his tenure, there will no doubt be a powerful instinct among the incoming Biden administration to recoil from everything associated with the 45th president, including the entirety of his foreign policy.”

But that “would be a serious mistake.” This is especially true in the arena of containing China at the U.N. and other international organizations where China has been steadily deepening its influence.

In recent years China has racked up a series of victories at various U.N. bodies, including the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization and at other U.N. specialized agencies. This effort to control or influence global institutions hasn’t ended.

Goldberg said that “China’s campaign to exploit international organizations won’t be taking a break just because America is in a presidential transition,” adding, “this is one area where there is overwhelming bipartisan support, a clear U.S. national security interest and the opportunity for a Biden administration to work multilaterally with U.S. allies to counter China’s malign influence.”

The Trump Team, notes Goldberg, was less effective doing this in its first year. It suffered a major setback in 2017 when it failed to counter Beijing’s candidate for the World Health Candidate (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus giving China a strong sway over that critical organization.

After the WHO’s mishandling of the initial Covid-19 outbreak in 2019 and 2020, and apparent collusion with Beijing, Trump withdrew from the organization last year.

Whether that was strategically the best play, remains to be seen.

But since then, added Goldberg, the Trump administration learned from that WHO failure and strongly rebounded.

As Fox reported:

It moved a career diplomat from the State Department to the Bureau of International Organization Affairs to spearhead efforts to counter China’s malign influences at the U.N. in 2020.

The United States succeeded in successfully campaigning to defeat China’s candidate to lead the World Intellectual Property Organization [WTO] last March and succeeded in getting the U.S.-backed candidate elected to run the International Atomic Energy Agency [IAEA] in late 2019.

Biden should build on these Trump successes.

A former senior U.S. government official echoed the report’s recommendation when they told Fox that he would advise the Biden team to build a coalition at the U.N. concerned about China’s authoritarianism and growing global reach to counter China’s ambitions that appear to include hijacking the U.N. brand itself.

The FDD report stated that:

U.S. policy should be built upon a bipartisan consensus that Beijing’s repressive regime is proliferating authoritarianism abroad, intends to undermine U.S. leadership, and seeks to shape international norms, standards, supply chains, and institutions to serve its interests. The United States must not lose sight of today’s great power competition. Beijing is not a responsible stakeholder. Washington must formulate a competitive strategy tailored to countering Beijing’s approach.

Biden’s propensity toward aggressive ‘Multilateralism’ might find an excellent venue here in forging that bipartisan consensus on containing China and expanding the consensus globally.


Paul Crespo

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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Gene Ralno
Gene Ralno
3 months ago

Biden might follow if his handlers put the words on his teleprompter. Chinese military forces are dancing on an empty battlefield.

YO VINNIE
YO VINNIE
3 months ago

We’ll see. 3rd world joe appears to be 10 steps behind Trump on covid, the economy, the military, EVERYTHING.

Disgusted
Disgusted
3 months ago

Under any other circumstances, the old crook would just plagiarize and then claim credits. Anything worth a darn in his 47 years in Congress? Zebras don’t lose their strips by getting wet. In this case, however, with tons of money involved to line his coffin by selling access to WH, the old crook might just be more conniving and inventive in his pretense to protect this country. Soap operas ahead!

Dan Winright
Dan Winright
3 months ago
Reply to  Disgusted

I wonder when kreepy joe will introduce emperor Soros for worship?

Richard Hennessy
Richard Hennessy
3 months ago

I don’t know if Biden and the Democrats are smart enough to continue the multitude, or even any, of President Trump’s smart policies.

Thomas
3 months ago

WE CAN ALL HOPE SO BUT PRAY IN ONE HAND AND CARP IN THE OTHER WHICH FILLS UP FIRST? THE BUFFOON WILL ONLY DO WHAT HE IS TOLD, UNLESS HE GOES OFF SCRIPT AND THERE WILL BE HEL;L TO PAY FOR THAT.

ahem tonto
ahem tonto
3 months ago
Reply to  Thomas

Yes, if he goes off script Obama and Soros will be pissed and take appropriate action!

Chuck
Chuck
3 months ago

Biden is not now and never has been a leader. I have little doubt that whatever cabal of Leftists that will actually be running the country is either fully on board with the communist agenda or, like the Bidens, just crooks who are on China’s payroll.

libra
libra
1 month ago
Reply to  Chuck

How about both.. It seems that Biden is not bringing anything but what he is accustomed to into the Whitehouse. They will all of them operate with only one theme in mind How to further damage the USA–burdening with excessive debt, Allowing hordes of illegal aliens from all over the World over run and pauperize American citizens to support them, wanting special benefits like the pork in the last 1.9 trillion dollar bill a huge amount going to ONLY BLACK FARMERS.. is is his means of Reparations?.. In the late 1990s there was the Pigford Farmers Bill and they not only lied about how many Black Farmers in the USA but if you believe there are 70,000 Black Farmers in the USA I have a bridge to sell you. They collected several Billions of dollars.. Talk about Recurring Reparations–or is it extortion?

Keith C. Haas
3 months ago

China has Biden in their pocket. Expecting Biden to challenge China in any way is like expecting to crash your airplane into a flock of flying pigs at 30,000 feet.

Marina
Marina
3 months ago

If bident gets inagurated he should be impeached before starts a war.
“But this is going to be much bigger than just one account and it’s going to go on for much longer than just this day, and this week, and the next few weeks and go beyond the inauguration. We have to expect that, and we have to be ready for that.” Jack Dorsey Twit

Twitter and Facebook ARE NOT Private companies they have gone PUBLIC as they are publicly traded.

  • Mexican President Manuel Lopez Obrador, is also mounting an International Campaign Taking On Tech Companies After Trump Bans.
  • All this “Conservative” sites should disconnect from Twitter and facebook use something else why anyone is sharing to FB or Twitter they are banning every conservative.
  • Twitter down 15% from $52 to $45, from last week to today, make sure everyone keeps telling everyone else to help this is the war we are fighting..
  • This is the next path forward, first Blocksite twitter and facebook from your internet provider, the state of Idaho internet provider blocked them both, in North Dakota banned users can sue Twitter and Facebook.
  • Use Ramble, GaB instead. Tech bubble is imminent, close twitter, FB, Instagram accounts, dump their stock if own any from your IRA, 401K check your mutual funds that have Twitter or FB included, Twitter down again, dump before they go to zero, stop buying from Amazon,
  • NO more made in the CCP purchases, buy direct from the mom’s and pop’s stores near you, made in America only, don’t wait DO IT TODAY.
ahem tonto
ahem tonto
3 months ago

Joe’s business dealings with China through Hunter Biden make him vulnerable and easy to leverage by the CCP. He might as well be a Chicom!

libra
libra
1 month ago
Reply to  ahem tonto

Biden is a CHICOM.. The CCP does not shell out one and a half billion dollars without getting a huge return on their investment and they did. Hunter bought for their fund huge amounts of USA Hi-Tech in the form of small U.S. Hi Tech companies with big USA military contracts.. The CCP just buys American Hi Tech through the President’s Son You know Corn Pop and Crack Pipe .TRAITORS and QUISLINGS

Sara DeCapua
Sara DeCapua
3 months ago

Please tell me someone is joking. Biden is sleeping with china. Does anyone really think pedojoe will be following President Trumps agenda.

Dan Winright
Dan Winright
3 months ago

Soon, you too can put your fingers through Joe’s Chinese toilet paper.

libra
libra
1 month ago
Reply to  Dan Winright

In China–You do not see much toilet paper except in the big hotels that cater to American tourists.. The Chinese toilet is a pair of foot prints straddling a stinking hole in the ground. A real People’s Paradise.

Rick
Rick
20 days ago

If Comrade Bidenski tries to negotiate with Xi Jenping, he better make sure he has his Astro-lube with him, because they aren’t letting him leave the Table before his Indoctrination, and subsequent “Injection”


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