It is a fact that the Obama Administration’s policy in East Asia has shown the strongest geopolitical resistance to the Chinese Communist Party since the Nixon U-turn of 1971.
None of that mattered when Vice President Joseph Biden opened his mouth in defense of the CCP’s hideous “one child” policy. Suddenly, the geopolitical strength became the exception rather than the rule, and the title of Most Anti-Communist Party in America shifted to the Republicans by default . . . and if two GOP bigwigs have their way, that won’t change anytime soon.
Here’s Biden’s nonsensical comments (Washington Post): “Your policy has been one which I fully understand — I’m not second-guessing — of one child per family.” Never mind the forced abortions, forced sterilizations, and infanticides. What’s that between friends?
House Speaker John Boehner – the highest-ranking Republican in the country – quickly hit Biden for this (same link – “No government on Earth has the authority to place quotas on the value of innocent human life, or to treat life as an economic commodity that can be regulated and taken away on a whim by the state.”
If anything, Mitt Romney – who was the front-runner for the GOP nomination until Rick Perry showed up – was even angrier (once again, same link):
China’s one-child policy is gruesome and barbaric. Vice President Biden’s acquiescence to such a policy should shock the conscience of every American. Instead of condoning the policy, Vice President Biden should have condemned it in the strongest possible terms. There can be no defense of a government that engages in compulsory sterilization and forced abortions in the name of population control.
Now, Romney has had . . . issues with his stance on pre-born life in the past, but normally “one child” is hideous enough that both sides of the debate are comfortable ripping it. To date, Romney is the only candidate to take notice of Biden’s comments (and take aim at them). Earlier this year, Romney also called for a re-think on free trade with the ChiComs (although that’s de rigeur for presidential candidates – Frum Forum).
Zhongnanhai wasn’t supposed to make an appearance the American campaign of 2012. Bad for them, good for us.
UPDATE: The Weekly Standard heard from “A foreign policy hand familiar with Perry’s thinking.” Some of the more choice comments (emphasis added):
Obama has downgraded our relations with [our] key allies such as Japan and our most important future partner India. Obama gives and gives on issues like Taiwan. He has the worst record on Taiwan since Jimmy Carter. China is not impressed by concessions, the key to a good relationship with China is recognizing your leverage.
“Leverage means a strong relationship with Japan. [Obama] gathers every Cabinet member he can muster to join in high-level dialogues with China. These ‘dialogues’ usually beg the Chinese to do what they need to do anyway. What about Japan?
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Obama also halted the great momentum we started with India by taking China’s position on South Asia and seeing Delhi as a ‘South Asia’ problem rather than an emerging great power. Also he leaves the impression that he wants to leave Afghanistan as soon as he can politically, which only spooks Delhi.
“There would be nothing worse for the U.S.-India relationship than leaving Afghanistan to terrorists and the Taliban which would also risk the complete radicalization of Pakistan. Obama does not seem to understand how this fight is related to our larger geopolitical interests.
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A stable relationship with China means recognizing that it is an economic partner but a security competitor. That is how they see us. And this President is the worst on trade in a long time. We still have not ratified the South Korea Free Trade agreement, our biggest since Nafta. It would create jobs for us and link us more strongly to an important ally.
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Biden’s comment was abhorrent. The one child policy is morally wrong, it has led to forced abortions and sterilizations and the death and abandonment of countless baby girls.
Now, before we get too excited, this is a source close to Perry, not the man himself. Still, if this is even close to how Governor Perry views Asia . . .
UPPERDATE: From Perry himself (Wingright):
China’s one child policy has led to the great human tragedy of forced abortions throughout China, and Vice President Biden’s refusal to ‘second-guess’ this horrendous policy demonstrates great moral indifference on the part of the Obama Administration. Americans value life, and we deserve leaders who will stand up against such inhumanity, not cast a blind eye.
Cross-posted to the China e-Lobby