“Team Biden is soft on China,” Republican Senator Ted Cruz tweeted the other day, echoing a very common accusation that’s been leveled against the president from the right with increasing frequency.
Cruz, who biologically is mostly wetland parasites, is not being truthful. There is no evidence at this early stage that the Biden administration is “soft on China”, and there is a lot of evidence that it will be the exact opposite. Just today the president announced a new Pentagon task force dedicated to countering Beijing which will be led by a virulent China hawk who has previously attacked Trump for being too soft on China.
Antiwar‘s Dave DeCamp reports:
Pentagon officials said the task force is a “sprint effort” that will examine things like US troop presence in the region, intelligence, and the role of US allies and partners in countering China. Leading the task force is Ely Ratner, a China hawk who Biden appointed as a special advisor to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin.
Before his new position at the Pentagon, Rather worked at the interventionist Center for a New American Security (CNAS) think tank. Despite the Trump administration’s hardline policies towards Beijing, Ratner didn’t believe Trump was tough enough. In September 2020, he co-authored an op-ed titled “Trump Has Been Weak on China, and Americans Have Paid the Price.”
From his post at CNAS, Ratner led a congressionally mandated study on China that was released in January 2020. The report outlined various ways the US could compete with Beijing in Asia, including military deterrence or a “combat-credible posture in the Indo-Pacific,” as the study put it.
Biden Announces Pentagon Task Force to Review China Policy
The review will be led by #China hawk Ely Ratner who believes President Trump was ‘weak’ on Beijing https://t.co/xHlcQ3rvjr pic.twitter.com/7zLP3knRhj
— Antiwar.com (@Antiwarcom) February 11, 2021
Biden has been vocal about his desire to “confront China’s economic abuses, counter its aggressive, coercive actions, push back on China’s attack on human rights, intellectual property, and global governance.” His National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan has restructured the National Security Council to prioritize countering China in the Indo-Pacific.