by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Chinese Communist dictator Xi Jinping “will stop at nothing to take Taiwan,” former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told the Washington Free Beacon on Sunday, as the CCP kicked off its 2022 Communist Party Congress.
Xi delivered a nearly two-hour speech to a gathering of some 2,300 Communist Party officials as he reaffirmed his grip on power into a second decade as the country’s ruler. The Communist Party Congress convenes every five years and will carry on into the coming week. Xi accepted his third five-year term as general secretary during the proceedings, leading many to speculate that he is laying the groundwork to become the nation’s indefinite ruler.
With Xi now entering his second decade as the Communist country’s top official, Haley told the Free Beacon that the United States must confront the malign regime if it is to have any hope of preventing China from imposing “it’s reign on the world.”
“Xi Jinping’s first decade in power has been spent committing genocide against the Uyghurs, unleashing COVID on the world, crushing Hong Kong, and striking deals with the world’s worst tyrants,” Haley said. “Xi will stop at nothing to take Taiwan, expand China’s dominance in Asia, and threaten America. If we don’t start acting boldly now, China will walk all over us and impose its reign on the world.”
While the Biden administration has engaged in diplomacy with Beijing, the CCP has significantly boosted its military posturing and repeatedly threatened to retake Taiwan, the embattled island territory, by force. President Joe Biden has committed to defend Taiwan in public remarks, but that stance has later been walked back by White House officials, raising questions about the administration’s actual policy.