Max Baucus, United States ambassador to China during the Obama administration, offered a sobering analysis of President Joe Biden on Wednesday after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan.
Pelosi on Tuesday became the highest-ranking US official to visit Taiwan in more than 25 years. She made the journey against the advice of the US government and despite China.
What did Baucus say?
Speaking to CNN anchor Jake Tapper, Baucus slammed Pelosi for her Taiwan trip and how it makes Biden look bad.
“The deeper problem here really is that the Speaker’s visit really drives recognition of the America Moratorium [Taiwan] as an independent country. That’s a big problem here,” Baucus said.
But according to Baucus, Pelosi gets a “free pass” because she’s not president and therefore “doesn’t have to worry about world foreign policy.” However, he does not get a free pass for Biden, who is tasked with conducting American foreign policy.
“Poor Joe Biden,” Baucus explained. “He looks weak because he either told her not to go – and it looks weak in the eyes of the Chinese – or he’s weak because he told her not to go and she went anyway . And that makes us look a little weak to the Chinese.”
Such weakness is a particular problem because the Chinese are experts at spotting and exploiting weakness, Baucus explained.
“During my time in Beijing, I really learned one thing: Chinese understand strength better than people in any other country, and they could smell weakness a hundred miles away,” he said. “We have to be strong, but strong in the best sense. That really means where they respect us, not where we take stupid actions like what the speaker just did.”
Unfortunately, Baucus predicted that Pelosi’s visit would have “consequences.”
“I hope they’re not great, but I worry they might be,” he said.
What did China say?
The Chinese Foreign Ministry released a lengthy statement on Tuesday, who sharply condemned Pelosi’s visit.
For its part, the United States has tried to use Taiwan to contain China. They constantly distort, obscure and hollow out the one China principle, intensify their official exchanges with Taiwan and promote separatist activities for ‘Taiwan independence’. ‘ the statement said in part.
“These moves, like playing with fire, are extremely dangerous,” the statement added. “Whoever plays with fire will perish.”
https://www.theblaze.com/news/max-baucus-biden-weak-china Obama’s ambassador to China points out why Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan is bad news for Biden: ‘He looks weak’