Well, it didn’t take long for China to seize upon the Afghanistan debacle created by the Biden administration. The unmitigated disaster we’ve seen in the past few weeks is fitting right in with China’s longstanding attempts at promoting the idea of America’s decline.
As a result, the carefully controlled Chinese Communist Party-state media’s Global Times has ratcheted up the anti-American rhetoric, calling the sloppy and irresponsibly handled withdrawal “a heavy blow to the credibility and reliability of the U.S.,” while the Xinhua News Agency wondered aloud via Twitter if, “The bomb-dropping-loving Uncle Sam may now wonder: Why can’t even 20 bombs a day keep the Taliban away?”
These attempts by China’s media organizations to shame the United States are certainly not new. Still, on the heels of the American-led abandonment of a strategic ally, the CCP may, unfortunately, be in a better position than ever to find an audience for their anti-American propaganda.
And because of that, pro-China media is already using these recent events to intimidate Taiwan. They paint America as not willing to help the country if a full-scale conflict should emerge.
Unfortunately, the day and night differences in the handling of matters like Afghanistan and China between the Trump to the Biden administrations may eventually place America in that very position of irreversible decline that China is already publicly celebrating.
Let us not forget that before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, President Trump was feverishly working towards remaking America’s relationship with the “Red Dragon.” The relationship between the two countries has been slowly shaped over decades by the pro-globalist establishment politicians that make up both sides of the DC beltway’s “uni-party.”
Administrations that ranged from Richard Nixon’s all the way through Barack Obama’s all had a hand in shaping China‘s rise and eventual dominant global position, even though some Reaganites have a hard time accepting that fact.
As a result of that bad policy, America, along with most of the world, has become almost wholly dependent on China to manufacture not only electronics and simple day-to-day items but also to play a crucial role in the production of the vitamins and medicines needed for basic survival.
Additionally, countries outside of China have also come to depend on the Communist Chinese to provide the very materials needed to create the vessels necessary for transporting these essential supplies globally via the world’s vast waterways.
President Trump understood this, which was part of what drove his tariffs on Chinese products like steel and aluminum. China had been dumping millions of tons of “junk-steel” on America for decades, while the steel industry, which is vital to America’s shipbuilding industry, had waned terribly in the pre-MAGA days.
Perhaps, because of this perception of vulnerability, the Chinese believed they could play a game of chicken with the US over the delivery of much-needed N-95 masks last spring (during the height of the pandemic).
Now with Biden’s unlikely victory last November, China is certain to get a shot in the arm, as the return of the decade’s worth of bad policy that we saw before Mr. Trump is now likely to reemerge.
Because of these factors, America must shore up its supply chains by protecting the shipbuilding industry as well as the critical piece of legislation that guarantees that the industry is never swallowed up by China or any other potential enemy – The Jones Act.
The Jones Act is a 100-year-old maritime law requiring that goods shipped between U.S. ports be transported on ships built, owned, and operated by U.S. citizens. One of the other key reasons for enacting the law was to ensure that the U.S. always maintains sufficient maritime capabilities for national defense purposes. Additionally, maintaining the Jones Act ensures that the US is never reliant on foreign — perhaps hostile — powers for its shipping needs.
The US’s struggle to find sufficient quantities of personal protective equipment and ventilators during the height of the Covid crisis should serve as a wake-up call to pro-globalist politicians in Congress: We must never again put American safety in the hands of foreign powers. Especially one that is currently reveling in America’s current state of disorder under President Joe Biden.
• Julio Rivera is a business and political strategist, the Editorial Director for Reactionary Times, and a political commentator and columnist. His writing, which is focused on cybersecurity and politics, has been published by websites including Newsmax, Townhall, American Thinker, and BizPacReview.