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After months of diplomatic negotiations to patch up Biden’s China bullying, the much-awaited meeting happened with Xi Jinping in San Francisco. During their meeting, they at least pledged to cut global warming emissions like methane and nitrous oxide by 2035 but did not reach a global climate finance deal. They did restore military-to-military communication but Biden answered Xi’s call for peace and cooperation by calling him a dictator, yet again, much to Blinken’s horror. Biden continues to fail at cooperation and diplomacy.
As Biden and Xi were meeting in San Francisco, the US military announced even more policies to encircle and threaten China. As Biden neglected the opportunity to increase good-faith cooperation, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin took advantage of military alliances to strike deals that will escalate tensions and pollute ecosystems in the Asia-Pacific.
Austin announced agreements to jointly produce drones and combat vehicles with India and expand nuclear capabilities with South Korea. Meanwhile, US marines in Japan announced a new regiment in the “First Chain Islands,” a region containing islands contested with China. The US also plans to step up military exercises in the region to specifically target China.
In San Francisco, Xi told Biden that “Planet Earth is big enough” for both the US and China. But expanding the war economy puts our planet in danger as toxic chemicals threaten the health of people living near US bases in Japan and joint military drills destroy precious marine life in the South China Sea. The US military is the world’s largest institutional emitter of greenhouse gasses. The Biden administration’s encirclement of China will not help US climate commitments or any attempts to salvage bilateral ties.
In Solidarity and Peace,
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