Exactly how much of this visit from China is completely staged?

November 16 – It’s been a whirlwind week for the United States as dignitaries from China have arrived on our shores for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in San Francisco, CA. 

The streets were cleaned and the homeless were moved in anticipation of the visit so everything could look shiny and new. 

Chinese President Xi Jinping spent time with President Joe Biden yesterday. 

Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM said, “They went for a lovely walk together, but I’m disturbed by a couple of the ways that it looks like we’re sort of bowing down again to China. Oh, he’s talking tough, Biden, he did call him a dictator once but we put out the Chinese flag, which seems a little odd.”

In fact, some people on the streets came out with the Chinese Communist Party flag. 

Jansen noted, “We do know we have a bigger Asian population in San Francisco. It could be Chinese recent immigrants that still have some feeling, but honestly, most of the people from China who immigrate here, they came for a reason. They wanted to get away from the governance of China, and the business leaders, a standing ovation and I feel like he has not been able to get an audience with Xi over the last year or so. All the dignitaries of ours have gone over to China and a lot of people feel like that shows us having deference towards China.”

Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “The people in the street thing was interesting to me. I mean, Chinatown, the Chinese population in San Francisco may be the biggest in the country. I don’t know how much of that yesterday was orchestrated, versus how much organically was the Chinese people coming out to see him. It did strike me as a little bit odd that they would have had that procession that seemed to honor him like that.”

Reporting has shown that Biden and Xi spent more than four hours together privately yesterday. 

There was no joint press conference. 

Barkdoll noted, “Biden did the rare individual press conference last night. There’s really not a whole lot of news coming out of this conference. I mean, it was certainly by no means a failure, but I think it would also be a stretch to call it a huge success.”

The two leaders apparently did agree to jointly make efforts to fight fentanyl. 

Barkdoll explained, “China produces a lot of products that go to Mexico that then lead to fentanyl production that seeps into the US. So China has apparently agreed to cut those supplies off to Mexico. It sounds like they’ve agreed to more communications between the military leaders in the US and in China. Beyond that, they’ve generally agreed that they want to have a more open dialogue.”

While all this seems cozy, during his press conference, Biden did call Xi a dictator. 

Barkdoll continued, “A reporter asked Biden if he trusts China, and Biden said the old, well, I trust them, but I verify. I believe that was the old Reagan answer. So I’m not sure a whole lot comes out of this.” 

Apparently some of the big business leaders in America were lobbying hard to have a private dinner with the Chinese president, including Elon Musk. 

Barkdoll said, “I’ve not seen anything yet if that happened. A lot of this is of course about money. China is the most populous country in the world. Apple and Tesla and Microsoft, all these big companies, want access even more to that market. They know there’s big money to be made over there, but it doesn’t look like Xi necessarily entertained them during this trip to the US.”

Jansen added, “What bothers me, they keep talking about how carefully planned this whole thing was, so I think even to hear Biden calling him a dictator, I have a feeling he let Xi know he was going to be saying that before he said it. I feel like it is a very performative type of thing that they’re doing. But one thing that bothered me and others have pointed this out, is the prominence of John Kerry at this. They say where you’re seated around these people makes a difference. Well, they keep talking about oh, we’re going to get China to agree to all kinds of climate issues. It almost seems to be the Biden administration’s number one goal, depending on who you talk to. That is worrisome because China’s not going to stop its progression forward, whatever benefits them economically, and with strategic advantage. So I don’t see them actually following through. I think it’s a lot of blah blah words. And Biden apparently did most of the talking with Xi, which I don’t think that actually bodes well either.”

Barkdoll said, “I was struck, too, at the photo ops and around the table, there’s all these key personnel seated around each man and they’re across a big rectangular table. They’re sitting across from each other, but then on each side of them, there were at least four or five, so maybe a total of 10 people on each side, including John Kerry. What struck me as interesting, they made these announcements about fentanyl and better military communications and more diplomacy but then they said that there were discussions during this four hour plus meeting about climate goals. But note, they didn’t make any announcements about climate initiatives, which tells me to the extent Kerry and or Biden broached it during that meeting, China apparently didn’t agree to anything. I wouldn’t trust them on that issue anyway. A, I don’t think they would ever agree to it, but B, even if they did agree, it’s one of those things that’s virtually if not actually impossible to monitor it anyway. Many observers believe China may be one of the biggest contributors to environmental issues in the world, but it’s very difficult if not impossible to police that.”