‘How naive and stupid’: Biden reportedly shared invasion intel with China, who gave it to Russia

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President Joe Biden’s naive diplomatic strategy concerning Russia has been mocked following reports that he shared intelligence with communist China for months in order to avert the Russian invasion of Ukraine, only to have the Chinese turn that intel over to Russia.

“Over three months, senior Biden administration officials held half a dozen urgent meetings with top Chinese officials in which the Americans presented intelligence showing Russia’s troop buildup around Ukraine and beseeched the Chinese to tell Russia not to invade,”  The New York Times reported on Friday.

“Each time, the Chinese officials, including the foreign minister and the ambassador to the United States, rebuffed the Americans, saying they did not think an invasion was in the works. After one diplomatic exchange in December, U.S. officials got intelligence showing Beijing had shared the information with Moscow, telling the Russians that the United States was trying to sow discord — and that China would not try to impede Russian plans and actions,” unnamed U.S. officials reportedly told the media outlet.

Biden’s outreach to China appears to have begun after a video summit that was held between the president and Chinese President Xi Jinping back on Nov. 15.

“The previously unreported talks between American and Chinese officials show how the Biden administration tried to use intelligence findings and diplomacy to persuade a superpower it views as a growing adversary to stop the invasion of Ukraine, and how that nation, led by President Xi Jinping, persistently sided with Russia even as the evidence of Moscow’s plans for a military offensive grew over the winter,” the Times revealed.

“After the meeting, American officials decided that the Russian troop buildup around Ukraine presented the most immediate problem that China and the United States could try to defuse together. Some officials thought the outcome of the video summit indicated there was potential for an improvement in U.S.-China relations. Others were more skeptical, but thought it was important to leave no stone unturned in efforts to prevent Russia from attacking, one official said,” the New York Times continued.

“Days later, White House officials met with the ambassador, Qin Gang, at the Chinese Embassy. They told the ambassador what U.S. intelligence agencies had detected: a gradual encirclement of Ukraine by Russian forces, including armored units. William J. Burns, the C.I.A. director, had flown to Moscow on Nov. 2 to confront the Russians with the same information, and on Nov. 17, American intelligence officials shared their findings with NATO,” the Times further reported.

White House officials warned China that tough sanctions would not only impact Russia but possibly China as well due to their close ties with them. Officials also tried to persuade China to help spare their global image.

The desperate appeal “went nowhere” and China was said to be “skeptical and suspicious,” according to the New York Times report.

Chinese Embassy spokesman Liu Pengyu told the New York Times, seemingly deferring to Russia, “For some time, China has actively promoted the political settlement process of the Ukraine issue.”

President Biden has announced mostly toothless economic sanctions against Russia. He was widely criticized for not being tougher on Putin and on Friday he seemed to relent at least partially on the matter.

CNN is reporting that the U.S. will freeze assets belonging to Putin and Russian Foreign Minister Sergeĭ Lavrov. Earlier in the day, the European Union and U.K. also announced sanctions against both leaders ratcheting up the strength of previous threats.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated on Thursday that Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine is likely only part of Putin’s plans for the European continent.

“You don’t need intelligence to tell you that that’s exactly what President Putin wants,” Blinken told CBS News managing editor Norah O’Donnell on Thursday in response to whether Putin would advance beyond Ukraine into Europe. “He’s made clear that he’d like to reconstitute the Soviet empire. Short of that, he’d like to reassert a sphere of influence around neighboring countries that were once part of the Soviet bloc. And short of that, he’d like to make sure that all of these countries are somehow neutral.”

(Video Credit: CBS Evening News)


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