Former Vice President Joe Biden was called out for downplaying the threat of China’s position as a global economic superpower.
The 2020 Democratic presidential contender was blasted after dismissing concerns over China’s increasing competition to the U.S. as a global competitor, as he spoke at a rally on Wednesday.
“China is going to eat our lunch? Come on, man!” Biden said at a campaign stop in Iowa, after boasting that he has met “virtually every world leader” as vice president and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee over the past three decades.
“The fact that they have this great division between the China Sea and the mountains in the East — I mean in the West. They can’t figure out how they’re going to deal with the corruption that exists within the system,” he added. “They’re not bad folks, folks. But guess what, they’re not competition for us.”
A U.S. investigation last year concluded that China was requiring U.S. companies to hand over technology and intellectual property if they wanted to do business in the country, prompting the Trump administration to impose a 25 percent tariff on certain goods.
Obama & Biden gave China a pass for 8 years. Finally President Trump is holding China accountable!
Despite all we know, Biden continues to dismiss China’s threat to our national security & jobs. He says China is “not bad” & “not competition” for America. He still hasn’t learned! pic.twitter.com/l6HZm68gPu
— Official Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) May 2, 2019
Biden’s “scoffing” at the threat posed by China, something that Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer and the president actually agree on, was slammed by many.
— Sean Paige (@SeanPaige) May 2, 2019
Turning Point USA’s Charlie Kirk called for an investigation, citing a deal with China Biden was able to secure for his son Hunter’s firm back when he was in office as Obama’s vice president.
China is hands down the greatest enemy of the United States.
The Chinese government has bankrolled his family for years—Biden used his office to get a $1 billion deal for his son, Hunter
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) May 2, 2019
A $1 billion joint investment fund was created in 2013 with a deal struck between the state-owned Bank of China and a private equity firm managed by Hunter Biden, who arrived in the country aboard Air Force Two, along with his father and the U.S. delegation meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
A private equity firm managed by the son of Joe Biden struck a deal with China's state-owned bank in 2013 at the same time that Biden was in the country to meet with Chinese President
They created a $1 billion joint investment fund.
Get it now? https://t.co/fkWzHS39Cf
— Kambree Kawahine Koa (@KamVTV) May 1, 2019
Biden’s comments about China on Wednesday are not new for the Democrat who has made similar statements before.
— The Chicago Council (@ChicagoCouncil) November 1, 2017
He declared last year: “Don’t tell me China’s going to own America. It’s not possible.”
Sen. Mitt Romney weighed in on Biden’s remarks on Wednesday, tweeting that the comments would “not age well.”
This will not age well. https://t.co/IJ8vkPJ5SV
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) May 1, 2019
The Utah Republican, who lost his 2012 White House bid to Biden’s running mate, former President Barack Obama, was not alone, however. Biden’s 2020 rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders took a veiled shot at the former vice president in a tweet noting that he opposed the passage of a bill in 2000 which extended normal trade status to China.
Since the China trade deal I voted against, America has lost over 3 million manufacturing jobs.
It’s wrong to pretend that China isn’t one of our major economic competitors.
When we are in the White House we will win that competition by fixing our trade policies.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) May 2, 2019
As a senator, Biden voted to ratify the North American Free Trade Agreement and, as vice president, he pressed the Trans-Pacific Partnership – something Trump, Sanders and several Democratic 2020 hopefuls have opposed.
“Effectively countering China’s rise is the single most important strategic challenge for the next president. How can Biden possibly do that when the Chinese government has been funding Biden family businesses?” Fox News host Steve Hilton said in a “Swamp Watch” segment of his show, “The Next Revolution.”
“Just on the basis of what we already know, by the standards the Democrats have set for Trump, Joe Biden is compromised by a foreign power and unfit to be president,” Hilton added.
“Here’s the bottom line about Joe Biden: He is a fake and a phony,” he added.
“When it came to a choice between working Americans and China, he chose China. He may have started out as a blue-collar boy from Scranton, Pa., but he ended up as a swampy stooge for Beijing, China,” Hilton concluded. “Joe Biden is ‘Joe China,’ and he must never be allowed anywhere near the White House again.”