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A complicated relationship: Biden and Xi prepare for meeting
WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden and China's Xi Jinping have slurped noodles together in Beijing. They've shared deep thoughts about the meaning of America during an exchange on the Tibetan plateau. They've gushed to U.S. business leaders about developing a sincere respect for each other. The American president has held up his relationship with Xi as evidence of his heartfelt belief that good foreign policy starts with building strong personal relationships. But as the two leaders prepare to hold their first presidential meeting on Monday, the troubled U.S.
Contradicting his pre-inauguration pledges, President Joe Biden has established a Russia policy centered on appeasement.
The facts are clear. BidenRussian state-colluded ransomware attacks on U.S. critical infrastructure. He Russian energy blackmail against Central and Eastern Europe. He responds to Russia's of near-Earth space operations with inane State Department condemnations. He on providing Ukraine with more weaponry in the face of Russia's massive military buildup.
Vladimir Putin is taking advantage.
China hails Xi and Biden talks, after year of growing strain
BEIJING (AP) — China on Tuesday hailed a virtual meeting between President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Joe Biden, saying they had a candid and constructive exchange that sent a strong signal to the world. The positive description of the meeting came in sharp contrast to heated exchanges between the two nations earlier this year. The talks appeared to mark what both sides hoped would be a turnaround in relations, though major differences remain. © Provided by Associated Press In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency Chinese President Xi Jinping, fourth from right waves as he greets U.S. President Joe Biden via video link from Beijing, China on Tuesday, Nov.
Putin's prospective Ukraine invasion force, highly significant in its combined arms scale,the country. More forces are staging in Ukraine's direction each day. Sergei Shoigu, Russia's defense minister and a close friend of Putin, inspected some of these forces just last week. And now, the Russians are shaping the information battlespace (or fake news factory): Russia's SVR foreign intelligence service is warning it is Ukraine and NATO, not Russia, that is massing offensive forces.
Ignoring Putin'sover Ukraine, Biden is running scared.
The Washington Poston Tuesday that the White House has directed the "Pentagon to provide a rundown of exercises the U.S. military has taken in recent years in Europe to deter Russia, as well as the justification for each mission." Administration officials claim that the directive was not made with a mind to reducing those exercises. But that's the only feasible rationale. Pentagon press secretary John Kirby evinces as much, telling the Washington Post that the directive is "in keeping with our collective desire to see a de-escalation of tensions in the region and to help create more space for diplomatic resolution."
Belarus president 'effectively blackmails' Putin in migrant crisis, Russian outlet says
As scenes of Middle Eastern migrants alternately storming fences in an attempt to get into Europe and huddling frozen around campfires make headlines, the handy conclusion was that Belarus' president, Alexander Lukashenko, wanted to wreak a little havoc to get back at the West for sanctions. Or that he wanted to make Western leaders who have in large part not recognized him as president this time around finally face up to him. Or that he wanted to make countries like Poland look like the evil ones, the real human rights abusers, for not allowing these migrants in.
This is a truly delusional strategy. But especially misguided is the timing of the decision to leak this directive. It comes, after all, just a few days after Putin warned that NATO air activities threatened to cross Russian red lines. The directive leak will thus be perceived by the Russians as a signal of Biden's hesitation right as they are escalating tensions. Put another way, it is exactly the wrong U.S. message to send and, with Ukraine in mind, exactly the wrong time to send it. The Russian leaderon the basis of his assessment of an adversary's resolve.
This directive shows an absence of resolve.
The Biden administration's calculus appears to be driven by Ralph Clem's recent research. A military analyst, Clem ison rising levels of NATO-Russia air-to-air and naval intercepts. He argues, with some merit, that NATO and Russia must improve their de-confliction channels to avoid undesired escalation or misunderstanding. But Clem misunderstands Russia's strategic calculus.
Why chaos in eastern Europe is never bad news for Vladimir Putin
Alarm bells are ringing in Europe's halls of diplomacy. In recent days, senior Western officials have expressed their concern at the thousands of Russian forces that have appeared near the eastern borders of Ukraine. © Sergei Malgavko/TASS/Getty Images Armored personnel carriers take part in an amphibious landing exercise held by army corps and naval infantry units of the Russian Black Sea Fleet at the Opuk range in Crimea in October 2021.
He told the Washington Post that "the most troubling thing about these displays is that it puts U.S. [nuclear force] assets to use for a purpose which is not clearly defined — and to me, that is very risky."
Or maybe that's exactly the thing to do, being that deterrence works? And being that Russia is rapidly advancing its nuclear strike capability across the range of conflict? Or being that Russia-flank NATO allies might be concerned by new moves from NATO's largest European economic powerNATO nuclear deterrence? Or being that this is a NATO response to Russia doing ?
Clem also deemphasizes that it is Russia, not NATO, that is responsible for the escalation. Indeed, in anClem co-authored in August, he notes that NATO intelligence air missions (versus armed missions) account for a large number of the Russian intercepts. Does he want to cut back on intelligence gathering? He also says NATO operations over the Baltic Sea "is by far the most problematic" when it comes to de-confliction. True. But this is exactly where Russia exerts its threat-presence against the most vulnerable NATO members, including the deployment of capable of striking land targets.
Putin tests experimental nasal vaccine against COVID-19
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday he has taken an experimental nasal vaccine against the coronavirus, three days after he received his booster shot, as Russia faces its worst surge of infections and deaths since the pandemic began. Putin was vaccinated with Sputnik V, Russia's domestically developed COVID-19 vaccine, in the spring. On Sunday, he said he received a booster shot of Sputnik Light, the one-dose version of the jab, and said he wanted to take part in testing the nasal version of Sputnik V.
NATO has, but the worst thing the United States could do would be to back away from deterrence activity. Putin is talking about red lines as a means of extracting concessions for free — not because he fears an approaching nuclear war. Equally problematic, Clem overly simplifies the NATO-Russia military situation with Ukraine. He asks the Washington Post, "Is anybody in the U.S. defense establishment thinking about fighting the Russians in the Black Sea over Ukraine? The answer to that has to be, must be, no."
Of course, no one wants to fight over the Black Sea. But what if Russian forces attack a NATO warship or aircraft operating in or above international or Ukrainian waters? What if the Russians establish a unilateral military exclusion zone around Ukraine, insisting no NATO forces can operate within it? What, in the worst case, if the Russians seize Ukraine proper and then masses forces against the land borders of NATO member states Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, and Romania?
These are hypothetical scenarios of varying likelihood. But all of them entail a NATO responsibility to "think about fighting the Russians in the Black Sea over Ukraine." And once again, deterrence matters.
Clem is right on one thing: Improved channels of de-confliction. But ultimately, Biden should remember that most proven of strategies for peace: Russia's understanding that the benefits of escalation are far outweighed by the costs.
Biden wishes Americans happy, closer-to-normal Thanksgiving
NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP) — President Joe Biden on Thursday wished Americans a happy and closer-to-normal Thanksgiving, the second celebrated in the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic, in remarks welcoming the resumption of holiday traditions by millions of families — including his own. “As we give thanks for what we have, we also keep in our hearts those who have been lost and those who have lost so much,” the president said in a videotaped greeting recorded with first lady Jill Biden at the White House before their trip to Nantucket, Massachusetts, for the holiday. On the island, the Bidens visited the Coast Guard station at Brant Point to meet virtually with U.S.
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Column: Biden wants to focus on China. Putin has another idea .
The biggest foreign policy challenge for President Biden is coming not from Asia, but from a more traditional nemesis, Russia's Vladimir Putin.History, and other great powers, don’t always cooperate with presidents’ grand designs.