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SecState Blinken Soft On China

He's blind to the threat.

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Some people never learned that appeasement only leads to war. Unfortunately one of those people is current US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Rebecca Grant fills us in.

Grant: I wonder if Secretary of State Antony Blinken is thinking of resigning soon. How else to explain the long, rambling speech on China he recently delivered full of phrases like “competition need not lead to conflict.”

While experts had downplayed expectations, Blinken had a chance to summarize President Biden’s high points from his 6-day Asia trip and energize the administration’s policy toward China. Instead, he spent nearly an hour rolling out a policy to “invest, align and compete” but with such soft, complaisant language that I fear even China’s propaganda mouthpieces will have a hard time railing against it. Blinken set a new low in major diplomatic speeches and took a mighty long time doing it.

Blinken’s speech was slow torture because everyone was waiting for him to weigh in on Taiwan. Last week, President Joe Biden said “yes” he would defend Taiwan. Then the White House walked it back. Technically, Biden’s right; the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979 gives the president the right to choose the response to security threats to Taiwan or to U.S. interests (go on, look it up.)

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The ball was in Blinken’s court. Finally, after nearly an hour, he said there was no policy change and the U.S. does not support Taiwan’s independence. Here was the one time Biden did the right thing in foreign policy, and put some nice strategic ambiguity in play, and his own Secretary of State shuts it down.

The whole speech went like that. Blinken realizes China is a major threat in so many ways; he spells out economic and military threats, but he then pulls his punches. His mushy policy and diplomatic lingo made for an exceptionally weak lecture on the international order listing out reams of tedious accomplishments from caving in on a European trade dispute to vaccine giveaways.

Halfway through, I began to wonder if the whole Hunter Biden laptop China influence thing was indeed impacting U.S. policy, because Blinken was all but begging for better business deals with China. Maybe he was mesmerized by Senator Mitt Romney, who sat, watching, in the front row. Whatever the cause, Team Biden has adopted an approach to China so soft it’s sinister…

Back in April, I was impressed at Blinken’s reaction to Russia’s atrocities at Bucha and his efforts to help support Ukraine. Sadly, on Thursday, we once again saw the Blinken of the Afghanistan disaster of 2021.

Blinken may or may not be thinking of moving on, but either way, this was probably Team Biden’s last big chance to roll out a strong China policy before the mid-term elections. China is enabling Russia’s Ukraine war, buying oil and grain. The world is dividing into two camps. But Blinken’s still pursuing his global diplomacy priorities from ten years ago.

David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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hadenuf,
hadenuf,
1 month ago

IMO, Blinken is as lost, without a clue, as most of this administration.

CARL
CARL
1 month ago

When one puts a nitwit in charge, one must expect a nitwit’s behavior. A nitwit’s behavior is the result of nitwit’s stunted thinking, a nitwit’s lack of aggressive creativity, a nitwit’s absence of understanding, and a nitwit’s bewildered comportment. All the above convey a laughable image to any peer, and a dangerously comedic expectation to any ambitious adversary.