President Biden’s initiated bilateral summit with Xi Jinping this week in San Francisco, as both attend the 30th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ meeting, provides considerable risks for the United States’ national security. Ironically, the risks should be all on Xi’s side as his increasing paranoia and purging of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has warped the Party and government, coupled with the collapse of the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) economy and other major social, demographic problems that place Xi in a uniquely vulnerable position. In reality, Xi should be treated as the supplicant in dire need of continued U.S. investment and trade as a lifeline for the continuation of his dictatorship and the brutal rule of his illegitimate Party.
Unfortunately, as reflected in Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen’s remarks last week which embraced economic engagement with the CCP, what is likely to occur in the Xi-Biden summit is the lamentable continuation of the warm embrace Biden administration officials have provided the CCP—where investment and trade will continue to be erroneously sold as being the only path forward for global security. In the military realm, the same spirit of engagement is being promoted by team Biden. For instance, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Air Force General C.Q. Brown stated during his visit to Tokyo that he is hopeful that military-to-military engagement with the PRC’s will resume. The new Chairman justified this hope as being “hugely important” for ensuring “there is no miscalculation” between the PRC and USA. What the General failed to provide was any evidence that the CCP would alter their behavior simply by talking to their American counterparts. A worrisome assumption given a 40-year track record to the contrary.
Which makes the pursuit of the resumption of mil-to-mil engagement all the more surprising given that the PRC specifically ended such engagements in protest of U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s August 2022 visit to Taiwan. For Chairman Brown, it appears he believes that if mil-to-mil can be restored he would have accomplished a victory akin to Saratoga, San Juan Hill, or the Battle of the Bulge.
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