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Xi and Vlad, a Wake-Up Call for America and the West

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Pavel Bednyakov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP


By: D.W. Wilber

 

The recent visit of the Communist Chinese leader Xi Jinping to Moscow for meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin was partly intended to be a big poke in the eye to America, and a message to the West in general that China is on the move and fully intends to replace the United States as the world’s only superpower. A quote that is often attributed to Napoleon Bonaparte might seem appropriate at this point in time, “Let China Sleep, for when she wakes, she will shake the world.”  China is definitely awake.

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The Moscow meetings were full of pomp and ceremony, but truthfully, Russian President Vladimir Putin is really just along for the ride, a junior partner and temporary ally of China during this period of transition as a result of China asserting itself internationally. China really doesn’t need Russia, but Russia and Vladimir Putin definitely needs China.

Vladimir Putin’s ill-conceived invasion of Ukraine, with the Ukrainians proving to be a tenacious enemy exacting huge costs in Russian lives and materiel, has made Putin’s grip on power in Russia somewhat tenuous. Xi Jinping knows this. Putin needs China’s support to keep him from possibly having an unanticipated ‘accident’ or ‘health emergency,’ as has sometimes been the case when a Russian leader falls out of favor with the ruling elite in the Kremlin.

Xi Jinping has provided that support, for the moment. But Xi Jinping has no intention of allowing Putin to drag China down with Russia should the Ukrainian invasion continue to go badly for Putin. China will cut Putin loose in a heartbeat if this new relationship threatens China’s long term goals in any way. China has embarked on what can only be described as something akin to a ‘marriage of convenience’ with Russia, and will only maintain that relationship as long as it benefits China’s agenda.

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The diplomatic full court press that China’s been pursuing in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and in our own hemisphere is a direct result of the weakness of the Biden Administration. Joe Biden simply isn’t physically or mentally capable of meeting the rigors of the job as president. He can barely make it to Delaware every weekend to rest and recover from his demanding 20-hour work week.

And he has surrounded himself with many Obama administration retreads who were scoffed at and ridiculed by our adversaries during Obama’s eight years in office.  Our friends and enemies in the world have never had any professional respect for the Obamunists, either during Barack Obama’s administration, or now again under Joe Biden.

Whomever is president following Joe Biden’s disastrous four years in office will have a huge, deep hole to dig America out of. Whether it’s Trump, DeSantis, or anyone else, the failures of the Biden administration will resonate long after Joe Biden leaves office. 

The damage that’s been done may be insurmountable.  At the very least it will certainly take more than one presidential term to fix what Biden and his Obamunists have caused to our international position, and to our relations with friend and foe alike.

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Not to mention the domestic problems that will also need to be addressed.  Both will have to be worked on at the same time, a monumental task requiring someone with the stamina to meet those challenges head-on.  Obviously Joe Biden hasn’t been up to the job from the very start.

Xi and Vlad, along with the Ayatollah and Kim Jung Un, have created a new “Axis of Evil,” and they have every intention of trying to exploit this renewed American weakness every chance they get.

America better wake up, because China certainly has, and Xi intends to make the world tremble.

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