‘We Had China Exactly Where We Wanted Them,’ Trump Says, in Criticizing Biden’s Policy

‘We Had China Exactly Where We Wanted Them,’ Trump Says, in Criticizing Biden’s Policy BY CATHY HE for The Epoch Times

Former President Donald Trump on Feb. 17 expressed dismay at the Biden administration’s stance toward China, pointing to the Biden family’s business ties with the regime in Beijing.

When asked about President Joe Biden’s comments on Feb. 16 that appeared to repeat Chinese Communist Party (CCP) talking points used to justify the government’s repression of Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang, Trump noted the controversy surrounding Biden’s son, Hunter, and his dealings with China.

“His family’s involved with the Chinese, certainly, a long time and a lot of money,” Trump said in an interview with Newsmax. “The whole thing is ridiculous: We had China exactly where we wanted them.”

Hunter Biden attracted scrutiny during last year’s election season after a former business partner disclosed to media outlets a trove of text messages, some of which demonstrated his close ties to a Chinese billionaire. Other messages suggested Joe Biden was aware of his son’s business activity, although candidate Biden denied knowledge of his son’s dealings.

The revelations prompted concern about foreign influence on U.S. policy.

Federal investigators are currently probing Hunter Biden’s “tax affairs,” including reportedly his business dealings with China. While he also holds a stake in a Chinese private equity firm, the White House press secretary said earlier this month that the younger Biden “has been working to unwind his investment.”

During the final year of Trump’s presidency, the administration escalated its pushback on an array of threats posed by the CCP. For example, it imposed sanctions on Chinese officials over rights abuses in Xinjiang and Hong Kong, banned U.S. investment in Chinese companies that aid the military, and rallied allies to exclude Chinese tech giant Huawei from their 5G mobile networks.

Trump’s remarks came a day after Biden, during a CNN Town Hall event, said that he brought up with Chinese leader Xi Jinping the regime’s abuses in Xinjiang, Hong Kong, and Taiwan during a two-hour phone call. He said his counterpart was focused on maintaining a “united, tightly controlled China.”

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