You could almost say Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi was wasting his time when—speaking at a virtual event hosted by the National Committee on U.S.–China Relations—he warned, “The United States should stop its interference in the affairs of Hong Kong, Tibet, and Xinjiang.”
The Obama–Biden–Harris administration (let’s call it what it really is) wouldn’t dream of such a thing.
As long as the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and Russia allow those now in control of the United States to fly their virtue-signaling LGBTQ flags over U.S. embassies, Xi and Putin have nothing to worry about.
You probably can add Ayatollah Khamenei into the bargain, although he might have a little problem with the flag.
President Joe Biden let them know how things would be straight out of the box when he shut down the Keystone XL pipeline forever.
For Putin, this was Christmas in January, letting him know that evil Trump policy of an energy independent, even exporting, United States was a thing of the past and that his most treasured commodity—oil—would go up in value.
At the same time, the Chinese would reap the benefit of the excess Canadian supply, while seeing their American adversary weakened, its negotiating position diminished.
Fracking, too, is clearly an endangered species. Not surprisingly, crude just reached a one-year high.
All this for no discernible improvement in carbon levels and, in fact, likely the reverse. The oil will now be shipped via railroad cars to Louisiana refineries, a far more risky process than the underground pipeline that has been undergoing (and passing) the most stringent environmental inspections for years.
I wonder how soon before the United States will be buying oil from China and Russia.
Xi and Putin (former President Donald Trump’s supposed collaborator—as if) must find this all quite amusing, especially since our new administration is now considering rejoining that most reactionary of all United Nations dumb shows, the U.N. Human Rights Council, an organization that is dominated by dictatorial regimes and could have been invented by Orwell.
But why should that be surprising? This same administration and its rabid supporters are all for censorship and for limiting free speech, not just via Big Tech, but practically across the board.
Many advocate reprogramming Trump supporters. Nothing could be more communist Chinese than that!
Imagine these same crypto-fascists complaining about the CCP’s treatment of Uyghurs, Tibetans, Christians, Falun Gong, or whoever. The entire Politburo would be rolling their eyes. (Didn’t I say Yang’s speech was irrelevant?)
And what of Taiwan? Given the new administration’s current behavior, would it offer anything beyond the mildest lip-service to defend this vibrant, democratic island nation?
You can bet the final takeover is now under consideration in the darker corridors of the Forbidden City.
Which leads me to something more personal. Almost 13 months ago, I was a member of small delegation that was invited to Taiwan to observe their presidential election. It was exciting and a great deal of fun.
While we were there, we were privileged to meet with a group of the brave democracy demonstrators from Hong Kong who had flown down. Among them was a particularly intelligent (they all were) and charismatic young man—Michael CK Pang—who had just been elected to the city’s legislative council.
His knowledge of global politics was impressive, and he made me feel optimistic (then anyway) about the future of Hong Kong and possibly of China. A few of us more or less bonded with him.
Less than a month ago, another member of our delegation texted me this article from the Hong Kong Free Press—53 Hong Kong democrats, activists arrested under security law over 2020 legislative primaries.
Our friend was among them. Who knows if and when he will ever get out. (His Instagram post announcing his incarceration is here.)
Trump and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo were known for trying to help pro-democracy people in distress. Will Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken provide the same support for democracy activists such as our friend Michael? Perhaps if he were transgendered.
Roger L. Simon is an award-winning novelist, Oscar-nominated screenwriter, co-founder of PJMedia, and now, editor-at-large for The Epoch Times. His most recent books are “The GOAT” (fiction) and “I Know Best: How Moral Narcissism Is Destroying Our Republic, If It Hasn’t Already” (nonfiction). Find him on Parler (he hopes again, soon) @rogerlsimon
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