Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is blasting Joe Biden's meeting with China's Xi Jinping, saying the president should have held the Chinese Communist Party "accountable" for human rights abuses, its refusal to probe the COVID-19 origins, and the theft of American intellectual property.
"President Biden's claim that 'there need not be a new Cold War' between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party proves that this administration dangerously misunderstands the CCP, which openly pushes for conflict with the United States and its allies," Rubio said in a statement.
"Last week, while Xi appeared in a military uniform and called on the People's Liberation Army [PLA] to prepare for war, Biden's Department of Defense pulled an entire squadron of American fighter jets out of the Indo-Pacific. Not only is the United States unprepared to defend Taiwan against a PLA invasion, President Biden is now downplaying its likelihood.
"This meeting should have held the CCP accountable for its rampant human rights abuses, ongoing theft of American intellectual property, and its refusal to investigate the origins of COVID-19."
Rubio added: "Instead, President Biden demonstrated that he is willing to sacrifice everything — including our national security and the security of our allies — for the sake of pursuing ill-fated climate talks with our nation's greatest adversary."
Biden and Xi met Monday at the Group of 20 summit in Indonesia
After meeting with Xi, Biden said he and the Chinese leader discussed Russia's aggression against Ukraine and "reaffirmed our shared belief" that the use or even the threat of nuclear weapons is "totally unacceptable," according to the Associated Press.
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