Speaking at the joint military air base in southern Virginia on Friday, President Biden warned troops that China believes it will “ own America ” within 15 years.
To make his point clear, Biden referred to previous conversations he had with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
“I’ve spent more time with President Xi [Jinping] of China than any world leader, ”Biden said, making his Memorial Day comments. ‘For 24 hours of private meetings, with only an interpreter, traveling 27,000 kilometers in China and here.
He is firmly convinced that China will own America before 2035 because autocracies can make decisions quickly. But America is unique. And all the nations in the world, we’re the only nation organized on the basis of an idea.
“None of you get your rights from your government; you get your rights simply because you are a child of God. The government is there to protect those God-given rights. No other government is based on that idea. No one can beat us except us. ‘
President Joe Biden told the service workers that the world is in a battle between autocracies and democracies
Speaking at the joint military air base in southern Virginia on Friday, Biden warned troops that Chinese President Xi Jinping believes he will “ own America ” within the next 15 years.
Biden did not elaborate on what he meant by “own America” and made no other comments about the country during his 23-minute speech.
Biden shared China’s troubling prediction after previously insisting that the communist country was ‘no competition for us’ during the 2019 presidential campaign, but tensions between the US and China have intensified in recent weeks, now that a growing number of scientists wondering if COVID-19 leaked from Wuhan Institute of Virology.
On Wednesday, he ordered the Department of Energy’s 17 National Labs to assist the intelligence community in a 90-day sprint to investigate if the virus leaked from a lab in China by sifting through a vast wealth of previously uninvestigated data.
President Joe Biden has commissioned major government research laboratories to join the search for the true origin of the COVID-19 pandemic
Intelligence agencies regularly collect more raw data than their analysts can effectively browse, and the application of sophisticated algorithms to look for patterns in the vast data set could provide new breakthroughs.
“We want science to be a big part of this,” the White House official told CNN. “We’re going to use all the resources of our intelligence and scientific community to figure this out.”
Biden is also urging US intelligence agencies and those of allies to look for new information that could shed light on whether China has covered a lab leak.
Senator Tom Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas, said the Biden administration’s response was “better late than never, but far from adequate.”
“Our intelligence community has been looking at this for 15 months now. They did a good job on it, but ultimately the answer lies in the hands of Chinese communists, not people who work for US intelligence services, ” he told Arkansas Democrat Gazette.
Cotton said officials in Beijing have not discussed how the pandemic started. “We should insist that they get clean, that they give us a clear and unvarnished picture of what was going on in the Wuhan labs,” he said.
Indirect evidence has long raised questions about the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which researchers were known to conduct experiments with bat coronavirus strains similar to the one responsible for COVID-19.
Researchers are seen at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Biden’s new 90-day probe will examine whether evidence supports the pandemic’s laboratory leak theory
China early and often insisted that the virus did not leak from the lab, claiming that the crossing to humans must have taken place in a ‘wet market’ in Wuhan selling live animals.
Perhaps driven by animosity towards Donald Trump, who embraced the lab leak theory early on, the mainstream US media and academics scorned the possibility, calling it a conspiracy theory out of control.
But new evidence, including reports of three Wuhan laboratory employees who became seriously ill with COVID-like symptoms in November 2019, has forced a sober reassessment among doubters.
Frustration with China increased this week after Beijing said it would not participate in further research by the World Health Organization.
Biden chided China in announcing the new intelligence assessment, calling on allies to help “ pressure China to engage in a full, transparent, evidence-based international investigation and to provide access to all relevant data and evidence ” .
Indirect evidence has long raised questions about the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which researchers were known to conduct experiments with bat coronavirus strains
Back in Langley, Biden continued to speak to the small contingent of troops present about the sacrifices made by military members and their families.
He spoke emotionally for a long time about his late son Beau, who he accused of being humble and said he should be ordered to display his military medals and achievements.
Here at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, you enable the success of our mission around the world and provide intelligence support and air force. You make sure there are soldiers and airmen ready to be deployed … around the world, including this year by complying with COVID-19 security protocols and quarantining before your ship departs, ”Biden said.
“You make up 1 percent of the population and you defend 99 percent of the rest of us. We owe you something, ”he added.
Biden praised improvements in the country’s response to the coronavirus earlier in Northern Virginia with Governor Ralph Northam.
He spoke to troops at the mouth of Chesapeake Bay as he headed home to Delaware for the long weekend, on a day when his team published its detailed budget proposal for 2022.
He remembered flying to Baghdad and asking an aircrew how long they had been deployed. Some were on their third and fourth tours, with one on their fifth.
Biden visited the base as he prepared for Memorial Day weekend
He spoke at length about his dead son who was sent to Iraq as a member of the Delaware Army National Guard.
“I shouldn’t be talking about my son that often, but I’m not going to apologize for it,” he said. He remembered how Beau had asked for his military uniform to bear the name Hunter, his mother’s maiden name, so as not to draw attention to his namesake, father, who was serving as vice president at the time.
“No other war have you entered, served, rose again, and gone back again and again,” he said.
Once it’s enough to wipe the blood off a chair of armored Humvee to get you focused. To saddle up and go back next time? And back again? You’re great.’
He spoke emotionally about his late son Beau Biden, who served in Iraq, and can be seen here at Camp Victory on July 4, 2009 near Baghdad.
‘The country, they owe you. And this time they appreciate more. ‘
Biden also acknowledged people in the public, including lawmakers, a military vet, and people who may have been family members, one of whom Biden pulled out.
‘Love those barrettes in your hair. Man, let me tell you something, look at her, she looks like she’s 19 years old and sitting there like a little lady with her legs crossed, ”he said during the acknowledgments.
He spoke of ending the longest war in US history, the war in Afghanistan which he says will end on September 11.
Biden spoke next to an F-22 plane
He said the US went in “with the clear goal of getting the people to attack us on 9.11. and to prevent Al Qaeda from using Afghanistan as a base to attack America in the future. ‘
‘We have achieved that goal. You have achieved that goal “in what he called a” God-forsaken landscape. “
“The greatest threat and likelihood of an attack by Al-Qaeda or ISIS does not come from Afghanistan,” he said. “It will come from five other regions of the world where there is significantly more presence of both Al-Qaeda and organizational structures, including ISIS.”
“Our son didn’t die in Iraq, but he came back, went like an incredibly healthy young man, and came back with a serious brain tumor because his hooch was just upwind in those burns. I don’t know if that’s the reason, but when he got home it was just a matter of how long, ”he said. He was referring to burns that many American veterans blame for causing a range of ailments associated with their service.
President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden pose for a photo at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton, Virginia, Friday, May 28, 2021