Biden confused about the Civil War, voting and more

Jay Ambrose

TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE — For beginners, China is a thief, the equivalent of someone stealing something more than $4,000 from every four-person household in America every year, a total of $500 billion.

What gets swiped is our intellectual property, the discoveries and inventions of our exceptional technologists. China also cheats the United States and lots of the rest of the world, too, by ignoring trade agreements that put fairness above infamy.

The director of the play, the Chinese Communist Party, a heartless, dictatorial, endlessly ambitious regime, does not stop with money. It is also a genocidal freak, wiping out Muslims to make the population of 1.4 billion less diverse.

It is bullying its neighbors with no regard for international law. It has indulged in cyber-attacks on the United States and is viciously stripping Hong Kong of freedom, independence and rule of law while sticking heroes in prison to make sure the bravest of the brave are the quietist of the quiet.

The island of Taiwan could be next. Once a cheerleader for President Donald Trump because he so often stood by the bold if tiny, democratic, economically thriving ally wanting to maintain its independence. A nuclear power, mainland China is just 110 miles across the Taiwan Strait.

But wait. Fear of a timid Biden administration has disappeared.

President Joe Biden wants a stronger Taiwan trade agreement, a significant signal that he also stands by these Chinese people despite mainland China forever signaling one way or the other that it is militarily ready to have things its way, no one else need apply.

Here is a major question, namely whether we would help defend Taiwan if it is attacked. We have supplied it with weapons and there are those within our government who say we should definitely defend these people because, for one reason, our failure to do so would send a signal to other allies that they can’t count us.

A simultaneous issue, however, is that our chances of winning would not be great. We would be at a huge disadvantage in all kinds of ways that accomplished military analysts have spelled out.

If it came down to China taking over, please don’t think it would stop with there. As one of the greatest perils of the 21st century, China pretty much wants everyone in the world under its command. If you don’t think so, think about what Chinese leader Xi Jinping said in a speech celebrating the Chinese Communist Party’s 100th birthday in Tiananmen Square recently.

Nothing is going to get in the way of China’s superpower ascension, it was made clear, certainly not the United States. The person making these remarks is easily the strongest leader in China since Mao Zedong killed millions to establish his utopia that was more nearly an inferno.

None of this is meant to say anything bad about the Chinese people. And the mention of Tiananmen Square cannot help but awaken memories of the thousands who, in 1989, sacrificed their lives for human rights.

People tend to think the economy of China is communist. But after the death of Mao, it slowly became a market economy boosted by smart executives and industrious workers.

Despite exhaustive statist interventions, the system has been capitalist enough to take millions out of poverty and build China into the world’s second largest economy. Smaller countries around the world have become dependent on it and loyal to China while varied American interests have kissed up to these money masters.

A Taiwan war could be a horror, and who knows where it would lead.

Biden has been on target in trying to get European allies to get tough on China just as China is getting friendlier with Russia. An excellent strategy nixed by Republicans and Democrats alike was President Barack Obama’s proposed trade deal with 11 countries that could have eased American dependence on China.

Biden has kept Trump’s tariff in place and is encouraging China to leave our intellectual property alone. The efforts to slow down climate change are meaningless without China’s cooperation, and who knows all the games it will play on this front.

The good news is that Biden is not putting Vice President Kamala Harris in charge.

Jay Ambrose is an op-ed columnist for Tribune News Service. Readers may send emails to © 2021 Tribune Content Agency.

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Joseph Savoca

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In October, China’s Trademark Office granted provisional approval for 16 trademarks to Ivanka Trump Marks LLC, bringing to 34 the total number of marks China has greenlighted this year, according to the office’s online database. The new approvals cover Ivanka-branded fashion gear including sunglasses, handbags, shoes and jewelry, as well as beauty services and voting machines.

Voting machines???

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President Donald Trump has lavished praise on Chinese President Xi Jinping for his handling of the growing coronavirus outbreak – a posture some in his administration are growing increasingly uncomfortable with as his advisers remain concerned about China’s lack of transparency and handling of the epidemic.

Worries about rattled financial markets and their effect on the economy as well as the delicate negotiations with China over a trade deal – a key to Trump’s re-election – have played a large role in influencing Trump’s friendly posture toward China over the deadly coronavirus, according to several senior White House and administration officials. Trump has heralded Xi’s leadership and “discipline” in responding to the outbreak.

“I had a long talk with President Xi – for the people in this room – two nights ago, and he feels very confident. He feels very confident. And he feels that, again, as I mentioned, by April or during the month of April, the heat, generally speaking, kills this kind of virus,” Trump told the nation’s governors last week. “So that would be a good thing. But we’re in great shape in our country.”

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Trump praises Chinese president extending tenure 'for life'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump praised Chinese President Xi Jinping Saturday after the ruling Communist party announced it was eliminating the two-term limit for the presidency, paving the way for Xi to serve indefinitely, according to audio aired by CNN.

Joseph Savoca

"China has been working very hard to contain the Coronavirus. The United States greatly appreciates their efforts and transparency. It will all work out well," Trump tweeted on January 24. "In particular, on behalf of the American People, I want to thank President Xi!"

Trump said on February 18 that Xi was doing "a very good job with a very, very tough situation."

He said on February 23 that "I think he's doing a very good job. It's a big problem. But President Xi loves his country. He's working very hard to solve the problem and he will solve the problem."

And he said on February 29: "He wanted this to get out and finished and be done. He worked -- he's been working very, very hard, I can tell you that. And they're making a lot of progress in China."

Trump raised a glass to toast Xi at a state dinner in Beijing in 2017. Trump has also recounted how he was eating chocolate cake with Xi at his Mar-a-Lago club and residence in Florida in 2017 as he launched a missile strike against Syria. He described Xi as "a friend of mine" on March 13 and March 20, as a "very, very good friend of mine" on January 15.


Well written. This is THE issue of our times. Not COVID, not Jan 6, not Pride parades, not George Floyd. If we have a violent confrontation with a peer enemy, those other attention grabbers will pale in comparison. The China question is an existential one. Yet .... no one has commented by 1:24. Embarrassing and scary that more people are not interested in the truly important problems we face but instead are distracted by various eye candies. Perhaps if the name Stefanik was in this article, some of the bloviators would chime in. Sad.

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