Introduce China’s future leader to Congress, and he’ll never even consider democratic reforms. And yet that’s what’s about to happen in D.C. Whoever’s in charge of that itinerary, nice job. So much for political liberalization in my lifetime.
I just hope that after Xi meets folks like Mitch McConnell and John Boehner, he won’t advocate a new era of isolationism and start building the next Great Wall.
At least he won’t be meeting Pete Hoekstra or Mitt Romney. So we’ve got that going for us, which is nice.
And oh yeah, Joe Biden keeps talking trash. He said this in front of Xi at a roundtable meeting (among other things):
“Competition can only be mutually beneficial if the rules of the game are understood, agreed upon and followed,” Biden told the roundtable.
Can someone please muzzle this guy? Now, I’m not saying that he doesn’t have some good points here, and this is relatively benign, but saying all this in public in front of Xi seems like a bad idea. Public criticism is good for the home crowd, but it isn’t too conducive to bilateral relations.