Biden Appointees Are Weak on China | Opinion

December 15, 2020

Op-Ed: Sen. Rick Scott
December 15, 2020

Last month, Communist China's former vice minister for foreign affairs, Fu Ying, 

What the CCP really means is that it wants America to turn a blind eye to the genocide it is now committing against the Uyghurs, the freedoms it is now stripping from the people of Hong Kong and its bellicose threats against Taiwan. The CCP wants an America that won't stand up for human rights—one that is simply a passive witness to the ruthless terror China will continue to bring upon its own people and the increasing global dominance that is a centerpiece of Lucky for the CCP, it might have just that in a potential Biden administration.

Not coincidentally, Ms. Fu's call for cooperation came the same day The nominees—all with a history of appeasing adversaries around the world—are part of the strand of foreign policy elites who are more interested in placating the chattering classes in D.C., Davos and Brussels than in actually representing the American people. They exist in a bubble of group-thinkers who advocate the old, broken approaches to policy that cower to the interests of dictators like Castro, Maduro, Khamenei and Xi.

Biden has railed against President Trump's groundbreaking "America-first" foreign policy and pledged to work with nations around the world to restore a gentler approach to foreign relations. As the liberal 

Career politicians like Joe Biden have rolled over and allowed Communist China to take advantage of Americans for decades. And does appeasement of dictators and support of a regime that is committing genocide against its people reflect American values? Really?

From 2009 to 2016, China harassed American, Vietnamese and Indonesian ships in the South China Sea, intruded on Filipino and Japanese waters, and converted artificial islands into military bases. Do you think the Obama-Biden alums did anything about it? When Obama welcomed Xi Jinping to a Rose Garden press conference, Xi was allowed to 

While And two years after General Secretary Xi visited Xinjiang and began his genocide against the Uyghurs, President Obama President Trump's administration rightly understood that Communist China is not a competitor, but an adversary that exploits international systems and wants to reshape the world in its image. For the first time in decades, we had a leader who was committed to putting America first—a leader who was willing to offend the fragile sensibilities of Xi Jinping if it meant putting human rights and the best interests of Americans first.

Liberals and their friends in the media want you to think that putting America first is a bad thing—that protecting our interests and the interests of our allies at all costs is a dangerous approach to foreign policy. Our adversaries agree. Communist China is giddy about returning to the failed Obama-Biden foreign policy. The CCP likes Biden's new team because it knows there will be cooperation, not adversarial competition.

Introducing his nominees, Biden recently declared that "America is back," and the media lauded the nominees as a return to "

If we really care about the future of our country and standing for human rights around the world, we are going to have to take on Communist China and build upon the Trump administration's actions, not leave them behind.

To do otherwise would be a great show of weakness—one that the CCP will surely exploit.

Rick Scott, a Republican, is the junior U.S. senator from Florida.