And yet, the people running Joe Biden's regime don't seem to have a problem empowering the Chinese at every level, even as they destroy our relationships with long-time allies -- like Saudi Arabia.
For all the problems with the Saudi kingdom, the country at least is a friend in that what they want in their corner of the world -- an anti-Iran alliance and stability -- used to be what America wanted, too. But after Biden essentially dumped on the Saudis ahead of a visit earlier this year (during which he begged them for more oil rather than take his boot off the neck of American producers -- the Saudis turned him down, by the way), the kingdom is now moving closer to China.
Gregory Copley, president of the International Strategic Studies Association, sees nothing good happening with the loss of the Saudis to the Chinese.
“It is the most significant setback which the United States and the West has seen since perhaps the middle of the Cold War period," he told the NTD program "China In Focus."
He went on to cite the relationship between the Middle East and the West during the Richard Nixon presidency in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
“What we saw in the early 1970s was that under President Nixon, the United States and the West achieved a great friendship with all of the states of the Middle East, including Israel and the Arab States and Iran,” he said.
“There was no real threat of mutual hostilities, there was a lot more positive growth and stability in the region,” he added.
In 1973, for instance, the Nixon administration managed to secure a cease-fire between Israel and two countries that had attacked the Jewish state again, Egypt and Syria.
“And basically, what we saw under President [Joe] Biden was the absolute, under President [Barack] Obama in his term earlier, the destruction of that balance in the Middle East,” Copley offered.
He went on to cite Chinese President Xi Jinping's trip to Saudi Arabia earlier this month.
“The objective of the People’s Republic of China was to go in and say, ‘We are a friend to all, and we will guarantee peace in the region,’ which is something only the United States had been able to do in the past few decades,” said Copley.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Mao Ning described Xi’s visit as the “largest and highest-level diplomatic event between China and the Arab world since the founding of the People’s Republic of China.”
Copley observed: “So what we have is President Xi achieving something which had not been achieved since President Nixon’s accomplishments in the early 1970s, up to 1974."
China is also considering doing oil business with the Saudis using not the U.S. petrodollar but the Chinese yuan as purchasing currency.
He also noted the huge difference in how the Saudis greeted Xi and how they greeted Biden. The former was met with a lavish ceremony (much as Donald Trump was when his first overseas trip as president was to the kingdom), while Biden's visit generated a minimal response from the kingdom.
“There were no ministers at the airport to meet him. There was nothing special about his reception, the discussions centered around very, very minor and ongoing details,” he said, referring to Biden’s visit.
“Whereas when … Xi Jinping arrived, recently, in Riyadh, he was greeted with all of the trimmings of a full state visit, including flypasts, Royal Saudi Air Force fighter and trainer jet aircraft, with all in the colors of the People’s Republic of China flag and the like,” he added.