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Blinken, China, and Appeasement – Bad Policy

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In case doubt persisted, Secretary of State Tony Blinken made it official. On May 26, in a speech at George Washington University, he declared US policy toward China – in half a dozen artful ways – is appeasement. Words are cheap until they get costly.

Rather than focusing on a strong defense, countering Chinese espionage in the US and allied countries, calling out the aggressive deployment of 1000 nuclear warheads, hypersonic space weapons, illegal anti-satellite weapons, the militarization of artificial islands, aggression in the South China Sea, intimidation of Taiwan, he hopes on a “pacing challenge.”

Rather than press China on international law violations, seek Chinese accountability for trillions in losses and millions of deaths from COVID, stop distortions at the World Trade Organization, World Health Organization, and UN, demand concentration camps stop killing minorities in China, and call their Soviet-style communist practices what they are, Blinken framed China as an eager competitor.

Rather than demanding China stop penetrating US universities with government operatives, stealing high technology, spreading (buying influence) communist propaganda (or blocking lessons on communism), Blinken celebrated the exchange of students, and lauded integration. Really?  

Rather than saying China’s 5G and “Belt and Road” twist arms, crease usurious debt arrangements, and coerce small nations into aligning with Chinese dominance, he offered gentle words of praise for China’s initiative – frustratingly built with US money over decades.

Even on issues, one imagines Blinken cares about, like “climate change,” he failed. China is doing nothing; it is the world’s biggest polluter, producing 28 percent of all emissions. Crickets.

Let’s get specific. Blinken blinked, trying to out-Chamberlain Nevil Chamberlain or out-Kissinger Henry Kissinger. Strong Secretaries of State are cut from a different cloth, candor like Jefferson, Monroe, Blane, Muskie, Schultz, Powell, and Pompeo.

In order, Blinken set out Biden’s Appeasement Doctrine, as if cribbing bad notes. He praised the world for “coming together to fight COVID” and “prepare for future global health challenges,” a subtle nod to China’s plan to get the WHO to direct world health policy, push lockdowns.

He praised the world “reimagining an energy future that’s cleaner, more secure, and more affordable.”  Hokum. “Imagine” is the word, since the world produces oil and gas and Biden throttled America’s energy sector, ending energy independence, spiking prices.

“Cleaner?” Electricity for electric cars comes from the grid, largely fossil. “More secure?” Renewables are more vulnerable than fossils, energy independence is security. “More affordable?” Who is he kidding? Seven-dollar gas? But then he is driven on our nickel.

Slapping something, he bragged he has “put diplomacy back at the center of American foreign policy.” Since that is what State does, in support of presidents, what changed?

Now “technology is used to lift people up, not suppress them.” What does that mean? China suppressed their people with high-tech surveillance and AI – which, oh yeah, hits us too.

In a backflip, he suggests a world “where universal human rights are respected,” while he aims to “defend and reform the rules-based international order.”  Interesting choice of words – is it “defend” or “change,” maybe quietly transform? Hmmm.

Let us hope this new approach is better than how Biden and Blinken set things right in Afghanistan. Or encouraged Putin, saying a “minor incursion” would be okay, just nothing too big. Yeah.

Blinken then declares victory – more or less– in Ukraine, says assistance is “unprecedented.” Maybe refresher on WWI and WWII? Says Putin has “failed to achieve a single one of his strategic aims.” Well, that depends on what they are. Do we know?

He says China is “integral to the global economy,” signaling rollback of Trump sanctions? He says, we “have to deal with each other,” so go-along-to-get-along. It is just that the relationship is “one of the most complex and consequential,” in other words, let’s not rock the boat. 

Blinken then notes “we are not looking for conflict or a new Cold War,” but “to the contrary we are determined to avoid both.” Bingo! Xi was waiting for that line. Would Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, even Carter, or especially Reagan have ever said to the Soviets, “worry not, we are not looking for a Cold War”?

Imagine Reagan saying to the Soviets what Blinken said: “We do not seek to block China from its role as a major power, nor to stop China…” Where is: “Make no mistake, we will defend vital interests. Blinken says we will “defend and strengthen international law…” What happens when China says, “Nice, we will cheat?”

As if polishing the apple, Blinken goes on and on. “China is a global power with extraordinary reach, influence and ambition … second largest economy, with world-class cities and public transportation networks.”  Really? 

You mean those locked down cities? And wow, is Biden’s “building back better” really an emulation of China’s infrastructure? He keeps raining compliments line after line …

“China’s transformation is due to the talent, the ingenuity, the hard work of the Chinese people.” NO, IT IS NOT.  It is due to suppression of the people, concentration of power, theft of Western technology, coercion of US companies, and countless illegal practices unpunished.

To be honest, the speech does outdo Neville Chamberlain, whose appeasement speech started and ended with “peace in our time.” Blinken then rolls out the strategy, to “invest, align and compete.”

Nice, just wrongly assesses the imminence of China’s threat, and will for dominance, misses that they are militarizing at breakneck pace, do not care about Blinken’s friendly values. Naivete is about imagining the world as you wish it – when it is not. About dreaming without feet on ground. It is about trusting a signature from Iran, new promises from China. 

Appeasement is where naivete meets fear – and China knows it. The speech said what China hoped – Biden’s approach is appeasement. Bad policy, dangerous, invites challenges. Words are cheap – until they get costly. Let us hope China recalls the truth: Americans fight, they do not appease.


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Hal
2 months ago

Appeasement of China and tolerance of its tactics in bribing the Nation’s top politicians (mostly DemocRats and their followers is subtly) weakening this Nation’s welfare. It’s got to be curtailed. Hillary Clinton/Obama donation of needed Uranium deposits owned by the USA was, IMO, an act of treason when it was given to the Ruskies. And the Chinese Commies are now playing (and have been for a long time) the appeasement game with this Nation’s politicos. It has to stop.

D.P.
2 months ago

Simply put….Blinkin is no Trump.

Eric
2 months ago
Reply to  D.P.

Blinken is no statesman – period.

David Millikan
2 months ago

Only LOSERS like DICTATOR Beijing biden and Blinken appease instead of Acting like and being MEN and STAND UP and FIGHT for AMERICANS and the AMERICAN WAY OF LIFE including PROTECTING the U.S. CONSTITUTION.
Instead, they are WEAK COWARDS and HIDE.
Take DICTATOR Beijing biden who has NOT had or answered 1 single REAL HARD QUESTION since January 21, 2021, by the FAKE News media. Mainly because there is NO PROMPTER and he KEEPS going off their FASCIST script while NOT KNOWING WHERE HE IS. OR, PEOPLES NAMES and POSITIONS WHEN OPENING HIS CONSTANT LYING MOUTH.
But yet, they will APPEASE their BS LIES for POWER and CONTROL OVER THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.
And NO, DICTATOR Beijing biden, WE DO NOT NEED TO ADOPT NEW ZEALAND FASCIST liberals policies in the UNITED STATES of AMERICA.
PERIOD.

Walt
2 months ago
Reply to  David Millikan

The democrats tried to appease Hitler before the Second World War too……guess what……it didn’t work……big Joe Kennedy was an appeaser of the day…….he tried his hardest…….we now have another appeaser towards China……Obama tried the same thing……it will not work this time either……the problem is we have no one in power who is intelligent enough to remember our history…..NOT TO MENTION THE FACT THAT THE Biden FAMILY IS obligated to the powers in China……corruption begets corruption

Gloria
2 months ago

This administration is an illegal, unelected, Marxists and/or Globalist administration. It was “selected” by the oligarchs, not Elected by or for the people. Goal from the beginning was set by Gates, Soros and Schwab. Fauci being the spokesperson who brought in the fear and lies of covid-19, in cooperation with the media. The goal was to destroy the U.S as we know it – but not for betterment, but to de-populate (or kill) as many as 90% of adults and children of all ages. Conscience not included with any of them. It was for greed and thinking they, as the elites, are God’s chosen. They never checked with God on this I’m sure, nor did they consult the Holy Scriptures, that says “the last will be first and the first last”; or, “money is the root of all evil”. They have pretty much set their own futures. What they want as the Great Reset will be very surprising for them. Our Gracious God is merciful enough to give everyone a warning beforehand, and they will have a change to escape an eternity of hell; it will be their choice, if they can humble themselves and repent, God is merciful, to forgive. If they don’t, then they decide. The warning goes for all of us. Humility is a tough deal to swallow, but the alternative is much worse. Looking at the glory & love of God’s face should be enough for most of us to acquiesce to His requirements. But when one thinks they are gods, it becomes much more difficult. The choice will be theirs (and ours).

CoNMTX
2 months ago

Winken, Blinken, Noodlehead, & all the rest of the Demo/Marxists would never do anything to aggravate China since they are all in China’s pockets. China owns the entire Biden family. They are in step with China and want to destroy America so they can build back Marxist. No surprise here.

PaulE
2 months ago

Sorry RBC, but this entire administration is based on appeasement as their driving foreign policy. Just look at how these same players all acted under the Obama administration. Iran, Syria, ISIS virtually every foreign policy decision was driven by the desire to appease the other side, no matter what. This is just part two of that same bad movie.

Walt
2 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

The very sad part is we have no one to come to the rescue in this atmosphere….don’t count on the Republicans to rescue us from this swamp……we are between a rock and a hard place we were sold down the river on the last election……the democrats got away with stealing the election….and they had help from the “good” democrats sitting in the wings…….all you “good” democrats have blood on your hands…..I am very pessimistic about the future……at my age I probably will luck out and miss all the fun to come

Stephen Russell
2 months ago

Rerun 1938

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