In the early morning hours Wednesday, as President Trump was preparing to leave the White House to his successor, Joe Biden, China Xinhua News, the official news agency of Communist China, mocked Trump’s exit and implicitly celebrated Biden’s ascension to the presidency, tweeting, “Good Riddance, Donald Trump!”
— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) January 20, 2021
The Trump administration has not been reluctant to confront China in various ways. This week the administration declared that China was committing crimes against humanity and genocide in its treatment of the country’s Uyghur population in the Xinjiang region. Last August, the State Department designated the Confucius Institute U.S. Center as a foreign mission of the Chinese Communist Party.
In July 2020, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sent the Chinese Communist Party a stern message announcing that China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea were “completely unlawful.” He stated, “The United States champions a free and open Indo-Pacific. Today we are strengthening U.S. policy in a vital, contentious part of that region — the South China Sea. We are making clear: Beijing’s claims to offshore resources across most of the South China Sea are completely unlawful, as is its campaign of bullying to control them.”
China appears to have cause to celebrate Trump’s exit and Biden’s ascension. On Tuesday, at a hearing on her nomination for Director of National Intelligence before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Avril Haines stated that President-elect Joe Biden wants his administration to view the Chinese Communist Party not as an adversary, but a “global competitor.”
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