Democrat nominee Joe Biden has attempted to moderate his position on China as Donald Trump escalates his rhetoric against the communist nation.
However, Biden was just forced to admit that Trump is right on at least one issue: The national security risk posed by the stunningly popular Chinese-owned video sharing platform Tik Tok.
“I think that it’s a matter of genuine concern that TikTok Chinese operation has access to hundreds of millions, over 100 million young people, particularly the United States of America. And that’s a concern,” Biden told reporters Friday in Duluth.
Biden stopped short of admitting that China is an actual opponent of the US — in typical Democrat fashion — hedging that China is a “serious competitor” to the US.
However, while Trump has taken definitive and meaningful action to block China from manipulating and infiltrating US institutions and entities, Joe Biden has shied away from confronting the Chinese Communist Party.
Instead of taking a hard line against the CCP, Biden said that he would instead work with international allies to “increase pressure” on China’s policies regarding internet access within the nation, as well as discouraging censorship and surveillance of residents and citizens.
President Trump is not negotiating with China or relying on international partners. He, instead, issued a warning to China that the administration will begin blocking business transactions with Tik Tok and Chinese messaging app WeChat over the weekend if China does not address national security and data privacy concerns.
Biden illustrated the stark contrast between his approach and Trump’s approach to China last week by confirming during an interview that he supports allowing China to join the World Trade Organization because “we want China to grow. We don’t want to have a war with China.”