For the Delaware Democrat, PRC Communists were “not bad folks” from the start.
Last June, on the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989, Joe Biden called for “recommitting to the universal struggle for human dignity.” Biden used the occasion to attack President Trump but offered no direct criticism of China’s Communist regime, which during the campaign he described as “not bad folks, folks.” With the PRC, that was Biden’s essential message from the start.
When Joe Biden was elected to the Senate in 1972, Chairman Mao still headed the Communist dictatorship. His Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution claimed countless millions of lives but did not kill off the Chinese people’s desire for freedom. The chairman passed away in 1976, about 80 years too late, and in 1985 and 1986 Chinese students mounted pro-democracy protests in Beijing and Shanghai.
By the end of May, 1989, more than one million pro-democracy protesters had gathered in Tiananmen Square. On June 4, Chinese soldiers stormed the square, gunning down thousands of protesters and arresting 10,000. Sen. Joe Biden voted against strong sanctions on Communist China as a response to the massacre. In 1998, the United States again proposed sanctions on the PRC, including visa restrictions. Biden was part of a group of ten senators opposed to the measures.
In 2001, Sen. Biden, then head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, supported China’s entry to the World Trade Organization. As he explained, “the United States welcomes the emergence of a prosperous, integrated China on the global stage, because we expect this is going to be a China that plays by the rules.”
China admits to performing more than 330 million abortions and 196 million sterilizations as part of the regime’s one-child policy. Joe Biden is a Roman Catholic but has kept rather quiet side about China’s forced abortions. In 2011, he told a group at Sichuan University “Your policy has been one which I fully understand — I’m not second-guessing — of one child per family.”
In May of 2011, Reuters ran a report headlined “Biden, Clinton bluntly press China on rights.” Biden said “President Obama and I believe strongly, as does the secretary, that protecting fundamental rights and freedoms such as those enshrined in China’s international commitments as well as in China’s own constitution is the best way to promote long term stability and prosperity – of any society.”
Biden did not specify the “fundamental rights and freedoms” in China’s constitution, and his “blunt” statement included no criticism of the Communist regime. Contrast fellow Democrat Bill Clinton, who in 1992 referred to the “butchers of Beijing” without the slightest embarrassment.
In 2009 Biden senior adviser Anita Dunn called Mao Zedong “one of my favorite political philosophers.” When he announced his pick of Kamala Harris, Biden said “as that old expression goes, ‘women hold up half the sky.’” That is a quote from Chairman Mao, dating from the Great Leap Forward, so the Chairman is something of a favorite with Biden.
On a visit to Beijing in 2013, vice president Biden called on those Chinese seeking residency in the United States to “challenge the government, challenge your teachers, challenge religious leaders.” That was “Biden’s Important Message for Human Rights in China,” as The Atlantic headlined the story.
Letting China into the WTO was supposed to make the regime more democratic and favorable to human rights. By the time Joe Biden became vice-president, China was more repressive than ever. During the 2020 campaign, Biden famously said the Chinese are “not bad folks, folks. But guess what? They’re not competition for us.” On the other hand, the Chinese are okay with collusion. Joe’s son Hunter has leveraged his father’s influence to cut lucrative deals with China.
In 2017, Hunter Biden extended “best wishes from the entire Biden family,” as he sought $10 million to “properly fund and operate” a Biden joint venture with the company. Hunter Biden had keys made for his father and uncle at an office shared with an “emissary” of a Chinese energy company. Attorney General William Barr knew about two federal investigations into Hunter Biden for months but kept them from public knowledge in advance of the election.
Aside from Sen. Dianne Feinstein, (D-PRC) who compared Tiananmen Square with Kent State, maintained a Chinese spy on her staff for 20 years, and openly praises the regime, it’s hard to think of a more pro-China American politician than Joe Biden. That marks a departure from other American officials in their dealings with Communist dictatorships.
Back in the 1980s, for example, Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov told UN Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick “Your name is known in every cell in the Gulag.” In 2020, Joe Biden’s name is known to every Communist Party official in China.
Joe Biden spent eight years as vice president of the “composite character” biographer David Garrow described in Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama. During the campaign, the former Barry Soetoro said “Listen, can you imagine if I had had a secret Chinese bank account when I was running for re-election? You think Fox News might have been a little concerned about that? They would have called me Beijing Barry.”
The composite character president, formerly known as Barry Soetoro, whose Dreams from My Father is a novel, has passed the torch to Beijing Biden. The addled serial plagiarist puts truth over facts and openly celebrates voter fraud. As President Trump says, we’ll see what happens.