President Trump recognizes the grave impact that economic dependence on China can have on our great country. He insisted that the United States must swiftly break free from our reliance on China. During the coronavirus pandemic, it has become more clear than ever that he was right all along. However, the media and the left have been silent on this issue and on the record of the presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
Biden has established a record of being soft on China while ignoring the real harm that was headed for the United States as the result of its rise in power. He was an early champion of China entering into the World Trade Organization, ignoring the devastating economic impact of the country and the very big possibility that American jobs may be lost.
Even when a progressive senator cautioned in 2000 that the rise of China would result in firms moving factories there, Biden said he did not view “a collapse of the American manufacturing economy, if China, a nation with the impact on the world economy about the size of the Netherlands” had suddenly become a major competitor of the United States.
Could Biden have been more wrong? In 2001, China became a member of the World Trade Organization. This move ultimately led to the loss of more than 60,000 American factories. Ever since then, China has continuously manipulated its currency to affect financial markets, forced the transfer of technology as the terrible cost of doing business with the nation, illegally dumped products like steel to ruin prices, and much more.
While Trump boldly called out China on its bad actions and stood up for the American people like no president before him, the sound of crickets was heard from Biden. After getting this wrong for years, one may think Biden would want to rectify his mistakes and stand strong against China. However, Biden stays mostly silent, usually speaking up just to disregard China as nothing more than a minor threat to our prosperity.
Biden has opposed strong trade actions against China, resisted holding the nation accountable for the coronavirus, and called the White House pandemic response “xenophobic” before his campaign claimed that he supported the measures all along. Come on. He surely did not support Trump with the pandemic response, but the question is why?
Is this ignorance of China incompetence or is there more? Does China know something about the previous administration? As vice president, Biden took his son Hunter on Air Force Two to China. Hunter returned from that trip with investments in a private equity firm from a Chinese state bank. What did China expect in return? I have to wonder.
Madison Gesiotto is an attorney who serves with the advisory board of the Donald Trump campaign. You can follow her on Twitter @MadisonGesiotto.