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President Biden and China on National Security

By Bradley Fowler, MA, MSc., MPP

China has been designated a serious threat to national security for the
United States since former president Donald J. Trump took office. During his
administration, former president Donald J. Trump spewed countless negative
connotations across podiums, conveying his concerns about the cyber attacks
he believed China was responsible for deploying. Such cyber attacks were
attributed to the impact of the United States economic freedom and the
Internet and information systems freedom of American citizens. This uproar
of accusations made headlines and impacted the way many Americans
viewed China and its approach to infringing on the rights and liberties of the
American people. With President Joseph Biden, Jr. in position as the new
president, Biden has begun implementing strategic plans to improve national
security infrastructure. One of his tasks has been electing the most educated and experienced personnel to develop, implement, and manage the new
National Security Council Indo-Pacific team. This team is responsible for
effectively implementing strategic methodologies to bridge the gap of
communication between all countries aligning the Indo-Pacific border,
including China. This alliance was initially presented in the June 2019
Department of Defense Indo-Pacific Strategy Report that focuses on
preparedness, partnerships, and promoting a networked region. Enveloped in
this sixty-four-page report, outlines the Indo-Pacific strategic landscape,
including trends and challenges, as well as U.S. National interest and defense
strategy and plans for sustaining U.S. influence to achieve regional
objectives (Department of Defense, 2019). Of course, this report was
developed during former president Donald J. Trump’s administration, and
certainly may have a role in how the new National Security Council Indo-
Pacific team introduces a strategic approach to effectively implement
methods of communication with China’s President Xi Jinping. After all, many
Americans believe, President Xi Jinping bears watching, and certainly does
not deserve the trust of the American people. However, much of what
Americans’ have come to know about President Xi Jinping, derives from
public spews from former President Donald J. Trump, which certainly cannot
be worth supporting. As a result, the United States current president must
overcome obstacles laid before him and build a stronger alliance of
communication to impact economic growth for America, with President Xi
Jinping. Since China is a country to be mirrored because of its long-term economic sustainability. Perhaps the United States can gain some leverage
mocking China’s efforts to increase its citizens personal wealth.

In fact, since the 1980s, China has taken lead towards becoming an
oasis of wealth building that continues tearing down the roads to poverty. So
much, reports from the World Bank Group conveys that, “since China began
to open up and reform its economy in 1978, GPD growth has averaged
almost 10 percent a year, and more than 800 million people have been lifted
out of poverty. There have also been significant improvements in access to
health care, education, and other services over the same period” (The World
Bank of China, n.d.). Gaining this knowledge enables President Joseph Biden,
Jr. to effectively strategies new efforts to implement similar improvements to
begin rebuilding economic stability for the Unites States. After all, with
international business and education alliances deployed across geographical
regions, mimicking the efforts of one country can best serve the needs of
many.

One example of this approach can be found with the U.S. Department
of Education. After all, the DOE conveys a marketing campaign on its Website
promoting the benefits of learning from other countries (International Affairs
Office U.S. Department of Education, n.d.). If America begins to diminish its
dislike towards China and begin embracing change, this can be beneficial for
both the U.S. and China; it could actually lead to these so-called adversaries
to become the best of pals. After all, if both President Joseph Biden, Jr. and
President Xi Jinping come to terms, an alliance for economic growth and educational empowerment could wipe out poverty for all and make all
citizens, in both the U.S. and China, middle-to-upper income. Take for instance, now that cybersecurity is gaining global precedent,
both the U.S. and China need to discuss methods to combat cyber-terrorism,
cyber-espionage, and cyber-crime. After all, cyber-terrorism continues
bridging a gateway for China’s cybercriminals to rage war against American
enterprises and impacting their annual revenue earnings. The U.S.
Department of Justice conveyed in a press release dated September 16,
2020 that, “two separate indictments charging five computer hackers, all of
whom were residents and nationals of the People’s Republic of China (PRC),
with computer intrusions affecting over 100 victim companies in the United
States and abroad, including software development companies, computer
hardware manufacturers, telecommunications providers, social media
companies, videogame companies, non-profit organizations, universities,
think tanks, and foreign governments, as well as pro-democracy politicians
and activists in Hong Kong” (U.S. Department of Justice, 2020). This is a
small example regarding criminal attacks deployed against American
enterprises by China’s elite cybercriminals. Thus, another effective approach
to bridging the gap of communication with the National Security Council
Indo-Pacific team, is improving the national security cybersecurity public
policy and its alignment with China’s national security cybersecurity public
policy. In doing so, more communication can be deployed to discuss
methodologies to deter and prevent China’s cybercriminals from deploying cyber-attacks towards American enterprises. This model approach can be
infused with the current national security cybersecurity public policy China
has developed. Hopefully, this new model will be published in English, so
Americans and other countries can learn how to align their national security
cybersecurity public policy with China’s.

Additionally, it is just as important that the National Security Council
Indo-Pacific team effectively research how to decrease distrust in China,
while increasing China’s trust in America. This can be a daunting task. After
all, former President Donald J. Trump laid groundwork against China that left
a bad taste in many American’s mouths towards China. Thus, to diminish the
impact of distrust between these two countries, both President Joseph Biden.
Jr. and President Xi Jinping need to set aside their indifferences deployed by
former President Donald J. Trump and shake hands to agree that working
together is the best approach to increasing economic stability for both
countries. This will require both presidents to assess the current issues
wedging the gaps and piece together teams of subject matter experts that
can effectively develop, implement, and manage strategies to build
economic stability to end poverty in both America and China.

One model to achieve this goal, is improving how technology education
helps both American and China citizens, and all public and private sector
enterprises within these countries, to achieve both long and short-term
goals. Having clarity on how to monopolize technology and education, will
help reduce fears enveloped in the utilization of technology as a learning tool for all, despite race, culture, and religious belief indifferences. Since China is
considered an educated leader, perhaps China can play a role in educating
America on how to best educate its citizens on how to grow their wealth. In
doing so, both America and China, can be examples of excellence other
countries can follow. Otherwise, President Joseph Biden Jr. will remain
entangled in a mess of confusion laid down by former President Donald J.
Trump that has misled both Americans and China’s President Xi Jinping. Thus,
President Joseph Biden Jr. must take the lead and effectively prepare the
National Security Council Indo-Pacific team, on ways of improving
communication with President Xi Jinping regarding these important issues.

Reference:

Department of Defense. (1 June, 2019). The Department of Defense Indo-
Pacific Strategy Report. Retrieved from: https://media.defense.gov/2019/Jul/01/2002152311/-1/-
1/1/DEPARTMENT-OF-DEFENSE-INDO-PACIFIC-STRATEGY-REPORT-2019.PDF

Liang, Y. (4 January, 2021). How Should Biden Engage China. Retrieved from:
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2021/01/04/commentary/world-
commentary/biden-china-strategy-us/

The World Bank in China. (n.d.). Overview. Retrieved March 31, 2021, from:
https://www.worldbank.org/en/country/china/overview

US Department of Education. (n.d.). Objective 2: Learn from and with Other
Countries to Strengthen U.S. Education. Retrieved March 31, 2021, from:
https://sites.ed.gov/international/objective-2-learn-from-and-with-other-countries-to-strengthen-u-s-education/

US Department of Justice. (16 September, 2020). Seven International Cyber
Defendants, ncluding “Apt41” Actors, Charged in Connection with Computer
Intrusion Campaigns Against More Than 100 Victims Globally.
Retrieved from: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/seven-international-
cyber-defendants-including-apt41-actors-charged-connection-computer