by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
The last few months or so have been perhaps the worst that the U.S.-China relationship has seen in generations. In just the past few weeks, several incidents have occurred including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo calling out the dangers of authoritarian China in his address to the Slovenian people regarding 5G technology, and the Chinese military conducting reactionary drills around East Asia in the aftermath of America sending aircraft carrier groups to the South China Sea to perform dual-carrier exercises in July.
This summer has also seen both superpowers ordering the closure of consulates and the FBI issuing a warning to Americans in China of a “heightened risk of arbitrary detention,” related to “state security.”
Although the countries can be classified as each other’s “biggest investor and trade partner,” according to Chinese President Xi Jinping, the last year has put significant strain on an already complicated relationship.
These recent events are enough to cause concern that that eventual military aggression may be an unavoidable eventuality as the list of offenses by the Chinese against the U.S., and really the rest of the world is a lengthy one, particularly since late 2019. …
… The conversation has already begun regarding specific financial reparations due to the world from China as a result of COVID-19, and as America attention now pivots to November’s election it is important to consider the positions of both candidates on China.
President Trump has already rightfully called out China for their record of indiscretions. …
… A Biden presidency would certainly serve Chinese interests, as they enjoy a much friendlier relationship with not only Democratic candidate Joe Biden, but his son Hunter as well. Over much of the last decade, Hunter Biden has served on the board of a Chinese government backed private equity firm known as BHR Equity Investment Fund Management Company.