A hostile foreign power openly meddles in U.S. electoral politics, working to cast discord generally and specifically to smear one of the two remaining candidates for our highest office. If Democrats were consistent about the paranoia they fomented over the laughably small efforts of Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election, they would now demand immediate action to counter this nefarious foreign threat.
Only, this time, the adversary is China, and the declared target of their open election interference is the incumbent President Donald J. Trump.
The editor of the Global Times of China on Thursday posted a public propaganda video attacking President Trump’s candidacy and the reporting of Fox News. Global Times serves as the explicit media mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party, functioning today much as Pravda did for the Kremlin during the Cold War.
Global Times editor Hu Xijin proclaimed that “President Trump faces the huge risk of a domestic investigation” that will stymie his reelection efforts. The Chinese state media functionary also assailed Fox News’ investigation into the origins of the Wuhan Virus as an “unscrupulous manipulation.”
In reality, Bret Baier and Gregg Re’s piece merely built upon an earlier article in the Washington Post by Josh Rogin.
Both articles cite U.S. intelligence sources and firsthand knowledge of American diplomatic cables from two years ago warning Washington that medical research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology into coronaviruses from bats lacked sufficient safety protocols, risking the deadly viruses leaking into the population of that city. Both Fox News and the Post validate the circumstantial, but nonetheless compelling, case that COVID-19 originated through an accident that was subsequently covered up by Chinese authorities, with disastrous consequences for the world.
In an attempt to divert attention, the Global Times’ “Hu Says” missive tried to conflate the rumor that the virus was developed as a bioweapon with the theory that the natural virus was present in their lab, and leaked. More ominously for America’s election decision, note the clear preference expressed by the de facto spokesman for the Chinese Community Party: they do not want Donald Trump reelected.
It’s really no mystery why, as the CCP at last faces an American president willing to stand up to the corrupt and exploitative regime of Beijing, in matters from trade to espionage. Still, it’s jarring for Americans to witness such bold, blatant declarations of electoral favor, in English and using U.S. social media platforms.
The natural question this Chinese meddling compels: what do they see in Biden that encourages them?
The stark reality of Biden’s near-half-century as a swamp dweller reveals a politician totally committed to multinational globalism that puts America’s interests last.
On China specifically, Beijing Biden has been appeasing and acquiescing to the Chinese Communist henchmen for decades. Starting back in 2001 during Biden’s Senate career, a bipartisan group of pro-labor liberals and anti-Communist conservative hawks opposed China’s candidacy for the World Trade Organization. But Biden vigorously supported China’s participation, commencing two decades of mercantilist manipulation that devastated America’s industrial core and eviscerated blue-collar manufacturing workers.
Fast forward to 2011, when Vice President Biden remained immune to the obvious carnage China’s exploitation and cheating wrought upon America’s heartland. In fact, Biden then penned a New York Times op-ed incredibly claiming, “I remain convinced that a successful China can make our country more prosperous, not less.” By that time, America had already lost a staggering 2.7 million manufacturing jobs to China since its WTO admission, per the Economic Policy Institute.
Then in 2013, Biden brought his son Hunter Biden along on an official visit to China aboard Air Force Two. Hunter met with top Chinese officials and 10 days later secured a license to do business in China. He then confirmed an investment from the state-controlled Bank of China, according to an NBC reporter on the trip. Peter Schweizer in Secret Empires reports how Hunter’s then-tiny firm reaped a windfall Chinese investment totaling $1.5 billion, making Hunter’s Burisma shenanigans in Ukraine seem like pocket change.
More recently, in an April 2019 campaign appearance in Iowa, presidential candidate Biden actually pontificated about China. “I mean, you know, they’re not bad folks, folks,” he said. But guess what? They’re not competition for us.” Even one of his Democratic Party rivals, Representative Tim Ryan of Ohio, pilloried that remark as “stunningly out of touch.”
Despite the harsh realities of the present pandemic and concomitant economic crisis, Biden still refuses to acknowledge the risks the Communist Chinese pose to America. When President Trump presciently restricted travel from China in late January, well before other countries pursued similar policies, Biden defaulted to the tired leftist playbook of identity politics, calling Trump’s protective preclusion “hysterical xenophobia and fearmongering.”
Given this track record of complicity, obtuseness, and appeasement, it’s no wonder the commissars of the Chinese politburo prefer the ascension of their useful, timid toady Joe Biden to the presidency. With their open meddling via the Global Times, China’s overlords make their choice clear.
Beijing’s preference will, in turn, surely crystalize the decision for many American voters now suffering dire fallout from the incompetence and malfeasance of the Chinese Communist Party.