Via the Free Beacon, one of the most tone-deaf things said by a major politician outside the walls of the White House in recent memory. On Planet DiFi, our partners in peace in Beijing are becoming more and more of a mature power every day.
In reality, between their malfeasance in covering up the early COVID outbreak, their crackdown on Hong Kong, and their horrendous Nazi-like abuses of Uighurs in Xinjiang province, not since Tiananmen Square has China been less respectable than it is right now.
Not just here but everywhere. It speaks volumes about how poorly China is viewed throughout the west right now that its relations with Europe continue to worsen at a moment when America’s allies, dismayed by Trump, might otherwise be wooed by a rising superpower. The frostiness between the U.S. and Europe would have been a perfect moment for a Chinese charm offensive presenting itself as a more reliable and “responsible” long-term partner than the feckless Americans. The first step would have been contrition over COVID, including an admission of wrongdoing. Instead they’ve bared their fangs at everyone and showed their contempt for western models of government in the starkest way with Hong Kong’s new security law. They’re not the quasi-respectable “business-class authoritarians” they pass themselves off as. They’re the communist goons we thought they were. The masks are off. Watch, then read on: