Joe Biden’s weakness on China may be hazardous to the nation’s health

Joe Biden’s weakness on China may be hazardous to the nation’s health
Joe Biden (Image: YouTube screen grab)

Playing on a possibly apocryphal quote from the Roman statesman Cato the Elder, it can be said that Americans often care more about the pebble in their shoe than they do about foreign policy. But devastation from the coronavirus has given us pause to reassess this notion. Given the scrutiny of the role China played in the pandemic and a fraying of diplomatic ties, the Communist Party dictatorship could be a critical issue in our election this fall. For all of the flaws of Joe Biden as a candidate, his appeasement to Beijing could prove to be his ultimate downfall in this race.

While the coronavirus response efforts by President Trump have not been perfect, he was far ahead of the crowd when he banned travel from China three months ago. At a campaign rally, Biden called this national security measure “hysterical xenophobia” and “fear mongering.”

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