(RepublicanPress.org) – To say that President Joe Biden and China’s President Xi Jinping have a contentious relationship would likely qualify as the understatement of the year, if not the decade. Biden took a wrecking ball to most of former President Donald Trump’s foreign policy measures. However, he made an exception with China, going as far as increasing sanctions against Beijing.
President Xi gave a strongly worded speech on Thursday, July 1, and warned that anyone attempting to bully China will have to face “broken heads and bloodshed.” Those remarks drew loud applause from the enthusiastic crowd, which was gathered to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of China’s ruling Communist Party.
In his speech for the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party, Xi Jinping warns that China will not be "oppressed." Sadly, under his rule, the people of China will be oppressed. https://t.co/9syCNPhO0o] pic.twitter.com/TLxAKMY0i9
— Kenneth Roth (@KenRoth) July 1, 2021
Xi isn’t known for using forceful language. The way he spoke led some to believe he must be hitting back at the US for its hardline approach to China’s human rights record, military expansion, rising threat to trade, and pattern of trying to steal technology from other countries.
Standing alone, Xi’s remarks don’t raise too many concerns. Tough talk from a mostly autonomous global leader isn’t all that rare. However, the recent release of satellite images showing what appears to be an effort to build over 100 silos for nuclear weapons is alarming, to say the least.
With any luck, Biden will continue taking a hardline approach with China and embrace Trump’s “America First” attitude in general with foreign powers.
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