There are now two dozen Democrats vying for their party’s presidential nomination. The current favorite? Joe Biden. Biden is know for a number of things, like putting his hands on women, plagiarism, and lying about his civil rights record. Something he doesn’t have a reputation for? Delivering a clear message. You can see why from some comments he made last month.
China is going to eat our lunch? Come on, man. They can’t even figure out how to deal with the, the, the fact that they have this great division between the China Sea and the mountains in the East–I mean the West. They can’t figure out how they’re gonna deal with the corruption that exists within the system. Now, I mean, I, you know, they’re not bad folks, folks. But guess what? They’re not, they’re not a competition for us.
It’s not obvious how or why “this great division” between the ocean and the mountains would pose some kind of problem for China. What is clear? The Chinese government poses a problem.
China engages in widespread and systemic intellectual property theft. A 2018 report by the US Trade Representative estimated that it costs between $225 and $600 billion dollars annually and robs American companies of their competitiveness. This isn’t a new development: for decades, previous administrations turned a blind eye while American workers paid the price.
And the danger isn’t just economic, as US defense contractors are regular targets of espionage. Weapons technology theft is especially concerning in light of what the Chinese military has been doing.
China is building up its armed forces with a special focus on air and sea power. At the same time, it’s also building a network of artificial islands in the South China Sea and has opened a naval base in East Africa–developments that could give China the power to choke off vital shipping lanes. On their own, these things would be bad enough; that they’re happening with stolen American know how is worse.
Given all this, why would Biden deny China's growing power? Well, cluelessness is one possibility; corruption is another. His son Hunter Biden has extensive business ties to China. What's more, the former vice president has openly bragged about using his position to advance Hunter's interests in Ukraine:
The facts are clear: when it comes to China, we need someone who will fight for American jobs and America's national security. President Trump has been doing that.
Joe Biden won't.