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Joe Biden has ditched his original stance of complacency toward China for a promise to confront China with his own optimism.
“While Trump is attacking our friends, China is pressing its advantage all over the world,” Biden said in Iowa. “So you bet I’m worried about China — if we keep following Trump’s path.”
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That was a reversal of his earlier position, announced just last month, when Biden said, “China is going to eat our lunch? Come on, man!… They’re not competition for us.”
Biden has struggled to find his footing on China as the political consensus in the U.S. has shifted away from the policies that have dominated Washington, D.C. for all of his political career and informed his votes over decades. Those policies were built around the idea, now discredited, that appeasing China with market access, World Trade Organization membership, and favorable treatment in international agreements would lead China to adopt a market economy, liberalize its totalitarian politics, and move toward democracy.
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Instead, China has built up its economic might and made plans to surpass the United States even while its Communist dictatorship solidified its grip on political power, snuffed out virtually all public dissent and free speech, and tightened its control of the Chinese people. Far from leading China down the path of prosperity to freedom, trade with the rest of the world has emboldened China’s ruling clique.
President Donald Trump has been in the vanguard of those who realize that the United States must adopt a more confrontational tactic to deal with China. “There is, however, one burgeoning area of foreign policy consensus that unifies Trumpists, Democrats, realists, liberals, and almost every foreign policy commentator out there: China,” Daniel Drezner, a professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, wrote recently in a Washington...
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