Some of President Joe Biden’s executive orders are misguided, as they will ultimately benefit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), China expert Gordon Chang said.
Biden’s ActionsThe Keystone project was revived by Trump in January 2017 after it was blocked by the Obama administration due to environmental concerns.
Chang said Biden’s decision to suspend Trump’s critical infrastructure executive order is “indefensible” and “there is no explanation for it,” since it would allow China to sell equipment to U.S. electric grids.
On Jan. 20, Biden suspended Trump’s order for 90 days while asking the energy secretary and Director of the White House’s Office of Management and Budget to “jointly consider whether to recommend that a replacement order be issued.”
As for the cancellation of the Keystone project, Chang said that since the pipeline would have brought Canadian oil to the United States, canceling it means the oil would now be sold to other countries, such as China, instead.
Chang criticized Biden for not consulting with Canada before he revoked the permit.
“This is just really bad policy across the board. We hurt our relations with the country [Canada], [with] which we …[share] an undefended border of thousands of miles, and we benefit China, our enemy. So this to me, makes no sense at all,” Chang said.
Bilateral TiesAsked about recent remarks by China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi, warning the Biden administration not to cross Beijing’s “red line” on issues regarding Hong Kong, Tibet, and Xinjiang, Chang said it was evidence that cooperation with China would not bear fruit.
“Beijing is trying to establish the areas that they'll talk to us about, which are becoming fewer and fewer, because everything's becoming a red line,” Chang said. “China is trying to constrict those areas where we can have a constructive discussion. I believe you can't have a constructive discussion with them in the first place.”
Chang recommended that the Biden administration should stop trade, investment, technical sharing partnerships, cultural exchanges, and sister city agreements with China.
Additionally, Chang emphasized that the United States should not talk about cooperation, for it would “embolden” the Chinese regime to be more hostile toward its neighbors, including India, Japan, and Taiwan.
In other words, the Biden administration should instead focus on a deterrence policy against China, he said.
2022 OlympicsOver 180 international rights groups, including International Tibet Network, World Uyghur Congress, recently wrote a joint letter to world leaders, urging governments to boycott the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. There have been similar calls in the United Kingdom recently.
In response, Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of China’s hawkish state mouthpiece Global Times, took to Twitter to threaten trade sanctions against countries that decide to boycott the Games.
Chang urged the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to move the Games “to a country that is not tainted by atrocities,” pointing to China’s persecution of Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities in China’s far-western Xinjiang region.
Aside from moving the Games out of China, Chang also recommended that the IOC ban Chinese athletes in the 2022 Games, on the same grounds that the IOC barred South Africa from participating in the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo because of its racial segregation policy known as apartheid, which only allowed white athletes to represent the country.
Chang said that China should be similarly barred because “a significant population in China are not allowed to participate in sport” because they are either being persecuted or being held in internment camps.
“We do not need another 1936 Olympics,” he said, referring to when Nazi Germany was host to the Olympics. “We don't need another 2008 Olympics [when Beijing hosted the summer games], which basically promoted totalitarianism with those ghastly displays. We do not need to do this again.”