Remember all those wonderful platitudes Joe Biden gave about how a strong China is good, and they would never eat our lunch?
Now that all eyes are on the developments in Russia, does this change the math any?
Russia is reportedly looking to China to shore up the problems they’re facing in Ukraine.
Does that mean we will be slapping sanctions on them?
Does it at least mean we will start treating them as a hostile power with whom we should be wary, rather than a good friend and partner?
Probably not. Biden began his term by killing the oil pipeline and cutting the UK out of the loop in his Retreat From Afghanistan policy, while his DOJ has decided that monitoring and prosecuting China’s well-documented attempts at IP theft and espionage might be considered ‘racist’. So they chose to not be offensive rather than prioritize national security.
Russia has asked China for military equipment since its Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine, the Financial Times and Washington Post reported on Sunday, citing U.S. officials.
U.S. National Security advisor Jake Sullivan will be in Rome on Monday to meet with China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi, the White House said earlier.
Russia, which calls its action in Ukraine a “special operation,” and China have tightened cooperation as they have come under strong Western pressure over human rights and a raft of other issues.
Beijing has not condemned Russia’s attack and does not call it an invasion, but has urged a negotiated solution.
The White House’s National Security Council declined to comment. –Reuters
Back in September, Republicans from the Senate Judiciary Committee wrote a letter to Merrick Garland that began like this…
Dear Attorney General Garland:
Earlier this year, the Department of Justice moved to dismiss charges against six
suspected Chinese spies, including some who openly admitted to conducting espionage for the Chinese military. It is not clear whether the Department dismissed these changes due to reported misconduct by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) or because the Department under your leadership is more invested in pursuing the far-left political goals of the Biden-Harris Administration than in protecting American national security interests. These actions by the Department raise serious concerns about its commitment to confronting the national security threats posed by the People’s Republic of China (PRC). (Full letter here.)
As recently as January we saw evidence of Chinese spies confessing to being involved in espionage attempts on behalf of the Chinese government.
Xiang Haitao, 44, a Chinese national formerly residing in Chesterfield, Missouri, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to commit economic espionage.
According to court documents, Xiang conspired to steal a trade secret from Monsanto, an international company based in St. Louis, for the purpose of benefitting a foreign government, namely the People’s Republic of China.
“Despite Xiang’s agreements to protect Monsanto’s intellectual property and repeated training on his obligations to do so, Xiang has now admitted that he stole a trade secret from Monsanto, transferred it to a memory card and attempted to take it to the People’s Republic of China for the benefit of Chinese government,” said Assistant Attorney General Matthew G. Olsen of the Justice Department’s National Security Division. “With his guilty plea, Xiang is now being held accountable for this unlawful conduct.” —Justice Dept
What is Merrick Garland doing about it?
The same thing he’s doing with the Southern Border… he’s abandoning legitimate National Security concerns so that he can seem ‘inclusive’.
The Biden administration is shutting down a Justice Department program that focused on countering Chinese espionage, following stumbles in a series of criminal cases and accusations that it amounted to racial profiling.
Officials said Wednesday that the three-year-old effort, known as the China Initiative, was being cast aside largely because of perceptions that it unfairly painted Chinese Americans and U.S. residents of Chinese origin as disloyal.
“By grouping cases under the China Initiative rubric, we helped give rise to a harmful perception that the department applies a lower standard to investigate and prosecute criminal conduct related to that country or that we in some way view people with racial, ethnic or familial ties to China differently,” Assistant Attorney General for National Security Matthew Olsen said in remarks prepared for delivery at George Mason University in Virginia. — Politico
Maybe we can leverage all the momentum surrounding the anti-Russian activism we’ve seen since Putin attacked Ukraine — and the likelihood of China helping to supply that military effort — to force our government to at least pretend to care about the geopolitical implications of being so dependent on China?
If government swamp rats won’t do the right things for the right reasons, maybe we can pressure them to do so for expedient ones?
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