What our vice president should have told the Chinese students was this: America became a great nation because it was founded on a true understanding of the nature of man and the purpose of government. We believe that all men are created equal and that God gives each and every one of us inalienable rights -- including the rights to life, liberty and private property -- and that it is the duty of the government to protect these rights. We believe God gave these same rights to every person here in China and that for China to become a truly great nation, the Chinese government must recognize these rights and protect them rather than deny them to its people.
Biden should have said to the Chinese regime: Tear down the wall between your people and their God-given rights.
He did not say that.
He said this: "Your policy has been one which I fully understand -- I'm not second-guessing -- of one child per family."
The Obama State Department's most recent human rights report on China says that China's one-child-per-couple policy "in some cases resulted in forced abortion or forced sterilization."
It also caused the selective annihilation of baby girls. "Female infanticide, sex-selective abortions, and the abandonment and neglect of baby girls remained problems due to the traditional preference for sons and the coercive birth limitation policy," said the report.
The same cowardly spirit seemed to guide what Biden did not say in China as well as what he did say.
According to the White House transcripts of the vice president's remarks at six different public appearances over three days in China, he did not say a word about the plight of faithful Catholic priests, bishops and laypersons in China.
As Obama's State Department concedes, China's still-communist regime is still arbitrarily arresting and detaining Catholic clergymen who refuse to betray their church, which is still denied the right to openly function in China.
Unlike the mothers and babies subject to coercive abortions in China, at least the faithful and courageous Catholic priests of China can be thankful that Vice President Joe Biden did not openly tell the communists he wasn't second-guessing their persecution of the church.