As the protests in China continue, the White House delivered a near-meaningless statement regarding the developments.
Without addressing the freedoms of Chinese citizens or the CCP’s extreme authoritarian censorship, Biden’s White House decided to focus on how different the two nation’s approach to COVID policies are. They also said they believe every nation should allow protests.
The statement said, “We’ve said that zero COVID is not a policy we are pursuing here in the United States. And as we’ve said, we think it’s going to be very difficult for the People’s Republic of China to be able to contain this virus through their zero-COVID strategy.”
New White House statement on the protests in China: “We’ve long said everyone has the right to peacefully protest, here in the United States and around the world. This includes in the PRC,” a National Security Council spokesperson says.
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The statement strangely injected the White House’s approach to COVID. What was lacking was a direct statement about the Chinese government.
“For us, we are focused on what works and that means using public health tools like: continuing to enhance vaccination rates, including boosters and making testing and treatment easily accessible,” the statement added. “We’ve long said everyone has the right to peacefully protest, here in the United States and around the world. This includes in the PRC.”