ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – Yesterday marked the first real meeting between the Biden Administration and Chinese Officials. What was intended as a quick meeting and photoshoot quickly spiraled into an hour-long series of criticisms and accusations from both sides, with Biden’s National Security Advisor and Secretary of State receiving the majority of the insults and humiliation.

Biden’s Secretary of State Anthony Blinken got a tongue lashing from China and stood there and took it. In China’s opening statement, Yang Jiechi, the Chinese Director of the Central Foreign Affairs Commission, spoke for 20 minutes about the weakened state of U.S. leadership and its ability to handle the country. Jiechi shut Blinken down, saying, “the United States does not have the qualification to say that it wants to speak to China from a position of strength”. In his statement, Jiechi made it clear that the U.S. does not have the authority to be pushing its ideals of democracy on China or other countries due to its own internal conflict and domestic discontent.

Due to the deep divisions running through the U.S. and its own crumbling democracy, it is no wonder that China wanted to make it clear that our position as a world leader is dwindling. With weak leadership and an Administration that lacks the ability to demonstrate authority and control, we can expect little respect from the countries that seek to take our position on the world stage.

This type of blatant admonishment is not at all consistent with how China has treated America for decades, highlighting the weakness of the Biden Administration and its lack of ability to respond to China’s demeaning attacks.

More talks are scheduled for today and all we can hope for is that the U.S. doesn’t have to witness another embarrassing bombardment of criticism while our leadership passively endures it.

 

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