With the election over, Trump is focusing his energy on a new source.
One that should be taken care of.
Now, Trump launches one assault against this foreign enemy.
Axios reported that President Trump announced his plans to “sound the alarm about the malevolence of the Chinese regime…”
Trump’s administration said that they want to cement Trump’s legacy as being the one to bring China’s misdeeds to light.
Thus, they will be announcing a series of sanctions against the Chinese government and the People’s Liberation Army.
This announcement was coupled with a report by the Director of National Security, John Ratcliffe, in which he called on China “to account for its record of human rights violations, espionage, and hegemonic intentions in East Asia and the Western Pacific Ocean.”
“He’ll try to make it politically untenable for the Biden administration to change course as China acts aggressively from India to Hong Kong to Taiwan, and the pandemic triggers a second global wave of shutdowns.
- Watch for National Intelligence Director John Ratcliffe to publicly describe in granular detail intelligence about China’s nefarious actions inside the U.S.
Details: Trump officials plan to sanction or restrict trade with more Chinese companies, government entities and officials for alleged complicity in human rights violations in Xinjiang and Hong Kong, or threatening U.S. national security.
- The administration also will crack down on China for its labor practices beyond Xinjiang forced labor camps.
- But don’t expect big new moves on Taiwan or more closures of Chinese consulates in the U.S., officials say.
National Security Council spokesperson John Ullyot told Axios, “Unless Beijing reverses course and becomes a responsible player on the global stage, future U.S. presidents will find it politically suicidal to reverse President Trump’s historic actions.”
This will certainly be a historic move.
Trump plans to use this as a way to force Biden to confront his past illegal dealings with the country and to potentially defame him to the American people.
This is exactly what the Obama administration did to Trump, but instead of China, it was Russia that was the headliner.
Ultimately, Biden will not be able to reverse this decision or the laws enacted by it without being branded for the rest of his potential presidency.
The Trump administration released a list of actions they plan to take as a part of this new initiative:
“Senior administration officials are discussing expanding a Defense Department list of Chinese companies deemed to have ties to the Chinese military.
- An executive order issued last week barredS. investment in 31 such companies, and any additions would likely face a similar restriction.
- Officials plan to target China’s growing use of forced labor in the highly competitive fishing industry. Coerced and unpaid labor isn’t just a human rights concern — it can also give Chinese fisheries an advantage over rivals in an industry with geopolitical significance.
- Trump officials have been looking to move more hawkish China experts into senior roles across the government, another senior official added.”
Only time will tell how the potential Biden administration will handle these new initiatives.