US foreign policy ‘paralysis’ allowed China opportunity to pursue path to ‘top superpower’: experts

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US foreign policy has stalled in key areas as the Biden administration focuses on China as its greatest threat. It has allowed Beijing to present itself as a superior alternative as it seeks to become the world’s largest superpower, according to experts.

“I think U.S. policy has been a policy of paralysis,” said Dr. Michael Pillsbury, senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation for a Change of Strategy and author of “Hundred Years MarathonNot a retreat, but very little is actually happening other than military support for the Ukrainian resistance to Putin’s invasion and various other fronts.

“I don’t see any new Biden doctrine, do I? I don’t see a new foreign policy,” he added. They attack the Trump administration more than they put forward their own ideas.

The State Department told Fox News Digital that the Biden-Harris administration has a “clear strategy” for the Middle East and Africa, two regions of high interest to both China and Russia as Competition for energy resources It pays more diversified investments than the world’s superpowers.

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Senior Iranian security official Ali Shamkhani, right;  Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, center;  and Musaed Al-Aiban, Saudi National Security Adviser, pose for a photo after Iran and Saudi Arabia agreed to resume bilateral diplomatic relations after several days of deliberations between the two countries' top security officials in Beijing on March 10, 2023.

Senior Iranian security official Ali Shamkhani, right; Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, center; and Musaed Al-Aiban, Saudi National Security Adviser, pose for a photo after Iran and Saudi Arabia agreed to resume bilateral diplomatic relations after several days of deliberations between the two countries’ top security officials in Beijing on March 10, 2023. (Chinese Foreign Ministry/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

A State Department spokesperson cited several political gains in the Middle East, such as the armistice in Yemen, and a “historic agreement” to establish Maritime borders Between Israel and Lebanon and “strengthening the Gulf security talks,” noting that some actions “expanded the Abraham Accords.”

But after the US military withdrawal from Afghanistan and Failed to close In the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreement with Iran, China stepped in and scored some major political gains while also supplanting the United States as the main source of support in those areas.

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Rebecca Kofflerpresident of Doctrine & Strategy Consulting and a former Defense Intelligence Agency officer, told Fox News Digital, “The intelligence community believes that China’s main goal is to become the dominant superpower on the planet, with a timeline for it to overtake the United States militarily and economically by 2049.”

“They’re steadily going in that direction,” Koffler said. “Now, obviously, that’s not something that’s going to happen right away. But they’re on the right track to do that because in some areas they really have an advantage.”

Shahabuddin Dilawar, Acting Minister of Mines and Petroleum, left.  Abdul Ghani Baradar, acting First Deputy Prime Minister of Afghanistan, center;  Wang Yu, Chinese ambassador to Afghanistan, attends a press conference to announce the oil extraction contract with a Chinese company in Kabul on January 5, 2023.

Shahabuddin Dilawar, Acting Minister of Mines and Petroleum, left. Abdul Ghani Baradar, acting First Deputy Prime Minister of Afghanistan, center; Wang Yu, Chinese ambassador to Afghanistan, attends a press conference to announce the oil extraction contract with a Chinese company in Kabul on January 5, 2023. (Ahmed Sahel Arman/AFP via Getty Images)

“They want control, supply chain methods… They are against it Alternative financial architecture, Alternative Energy. They want to exchange the dollar for the yuan, and they join all these other countries, not only Russia and Iran, but also Saudi Arabia and India.

China in January struck a deal with the Taliban to allow Beijing to extract oil from Afghanistan, providing big cash for a country with a shaky economy since a major power shift in 2021.

Beijing also secured a deal between Iran and Saudi Arabia – longstanding regional rivals – which has led both countries to commit to resuming diplomatic processes, including reopening embassies in their capitals.

Biden referred to the latter as “forsaken” During his 2020 campaign, however, he appeared to back down and visit Riyadh to try to deal with them again, getting a very mixed reception in the process. This ambiguity—trying to warn states about their crimes and human rights issues while trying to deal with them diplomatically—has led to what appears to be mixed politics in the region.

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“The withdrawal from the JCPOA brought us closer to Saudi Arabia and our other Gulf partners who were very concerned about this deal and made it clear to them that the United States, under President Trump, would not … legitimize [Iran]explained Victoria Coates, senior researcher at the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom.

President Biden, center left, and Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, center, arrive during the Jeddah Security and Development Summit at a hotel in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia on July 16, 2022.

President Biden, center left, and Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, center, arrive during the Jeddah Security and Development Summit at a hotel in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia on July 16, 2022. (Mandel Ngan/Pool/AFP via Getty Images)

“I think what you’ve seen from the Biden administration is the opposite,” added Coats, a former official on the Trump administration’s National Security Council.

Joel Rubin, a former deputy assistant secretary of state under President Obama, said the peace agreement between Saudi Arabia and Iran was “win-win” because it eased tensions in the region, particularly through proxy wars in the region. Yemen, Syria and Iraq. But he questioned the broader ability of China to secure peace deals.

“They didn’t make this,” Robin said. “[China] He benefited from what had been done for several years from what we and others had led in Iraq, in particular: There had been a lot of discussions in Iraq for two years between the Iranians and the Saudis.

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Rubin noted Ukraine’s unwillingness to engage with Chinese President Xi Jinping over a deal with Russia, calling it a major failure of the “Chi-Xia” relationship if Xi cannot help Russian President Vladimir Putin broker a deal to end the Ukraine war.

“[Xi] He talks to Putin all the time, but he doesn’t actually do anything about peace negotiations.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin walk after their talks at the Kremlin in Moscow on March 20, 2023.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin walk after their talks at the Kremlin in Moscow on March 20, 2023. (Grigory Sysoyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Instead, he argued, the United States has fundamentally increased Focus on ChinaIn an attempt to “confine” Beijing to stronger regional alliances and investments in the region, especially with Japan, which has doubled its military spending, and arming Australia with nuclear submarines.

“It’s not like we sit back and do nothing,” Rubin concluded. “This is all US diplomacy, recognizing interest in Russia and China.”

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Likewise, Pillsbury rejected the idea that the United States had “slipped” in the Middle East and instead focused more on China as it prepared for a new Cold War, even if at the expense of progress in those other regions.

“when [China] He sees a huge mistake in American foreign policy, even if it’s something relatively minor… They echo and amplify any kind of American mistake or indecision as part of a long-running campaign to exclude America from global leadership, Pillsbury explained.

Red flags fly in front of the Great Hall of the People ahead of the two annual sessions on March 4, 2022 in Beijing, China.

Red flags fly in front of the Great Hall of the People ahead of the two annual sessions on March 4, 2022 in Beijing, China. (VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

Coates argued that the shift in policy to focus more on China is “real, but also short-sighted”.

“We should be able to walk and chew gum at the same time,” she said. “The Saudi Arabia-Iran-China agreement shows that we can decide we’re going to focus on the Pacific and just look at China’s array of problems, and then China appears in the Middle East in our traditional sphere of influence.

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It can be called a symbiotic or parasitic relationship between China and Russia. [but] These sets of problems are emerging now, and being able to separate the Chinese threat from the Russian threat, well, these may become one and the same thing,” Coates added.

So you can try to switch to AsiaBut this does not mean that the Middle East will not turn towards you again. We don’t have the luxury of being just a Pacific powerhouse.”

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