Surprise! Team Biden Wants to Turn Global Anti-Russia Coalition Against Evil China

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ANALYSIS – Since Vladimir Putin’s unjustified naked aggression against Ukraine began, I have been arguing with some conservative colleagues who insist the war in Ukraine is hyped-up or a distraction. They say that Russia is not the real enemy, China is, or that Ukraine is not as pure as the narrative portrays, and they are sometimes correct.

Sometimes it is just difficult to admit that your political foes are right about anything. But yes, even a broken clock is right twice a day.

And helping Ukraine defeat this aggression is morally and geopolitically the right thing to do. And one of the primary geopolitical reasons to do so, for me, beyond defending a friendly European country against a brutal invasion, is to show Communist China how the West can coalesce and stand strong against aggression.

Especially as the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) increasingly threaten to invade independent Taiwan.

My hope throughout this war has been that the West not only helps Ukraine defeat Putin’s Russia, but that this newly revitalized and strengthened western coalition against Putin can be turned eastward against an even more totalitarian, expansionist and dangerous China under Xi Jinping.

This, a few years after President Donald Trump faced liberal flack for dramatically shifting U.S. policy to directly combat China’s growing global belligerence for the first time in decades.

And now I’m very happy, and extremely surprised to hear “Beijing Biden’s” Secretary of State Antony Blinken say just that.

Team Biden wants to lead the international bloc opposed to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine into a broader coalition to counter the more serious, long-term threat from China.

The Associated Press reports that:

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Thursday the Biden administration aims to lead the international bloc opposed to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine into a broader coalition to counter what it sees as a more serious, long-term threat to global order from China.

In a speech outlining the administration’s China policy, Blinken laid out a three-pillar approach to competing with Beijing in a race to define the 21st century’s economic and military balance.

While the U.S. sees Russia and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine as the most acute and immediate threat to international stability, Blinken said the administration believes China poses a greater danger.

“Even as President Putin’s war continues, we will remain focused on the most serious long-term challenge to the international order — and that is the one posed by the People’s Republic of China,” Blinken said.

“China is the only country with both the intent to reshape the international order — and, increasingly, the economic, diplomatic, military, and technological power to do it,” he said. “Beijing’s vision would move us away from the universal values that have sustained so much of the world’s progress over the past 75 years.”

Thus, Blinken laid out principles for the administration to marshal its resources, friends and allies to push back on increasing Chinese assertiveness around the world. Although he made clear that the U.S. does not seek to change China’s political system, rather it wants to offer a tested alternative.

This is one of the best things I’ve heard come out of this weak, dazed, and confused administration since it came to office.

Meanwhile, though not mentioning President Trump by name, AP did credit him indirectly for initiating the much needed hardline against China when it noted that: “The Biden administration has largely kept in place confrontational policies toward China adopted by its predecessor in response to Chinese actions in its western Xinjiang region, Hong Kong, Tibet and the South China Sea.

But Trump deserves full credit for being the first U.S. president to aggressively face Communist China and develop strategies and policies to counter its massive military build-up, espionage, aggression, and coercion.

And Team Biden’s latest statements are an implicit admission of that.

Now, let’s see if Biden’s future defense budgets and actions live up to Blinken’s surprisingly correct new rhetoric and strategy. ADN

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. - - PAULCRESPO.COM

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