This should put to rest two trendy but wrong ideas: the notion on the right that we must back off Russia to confront China, and the notion on the left that we must back off China to confront Russia. Thomas L. Friedman argued in the New York Times that Pelosi’s visit was “reckless” because Ukraine demands our full attention. AdvertisementAfter significant hand-wringing, the Biden administration supported Pelosi’s visit, using reasonable steps and diplomacy to manage the fallout with Beijing. The idea that the United States can choose between confronting Russian aggression or Chinese aggression is attractive, until it meets reality. The good news is that the United States has many strong partners that also understand this is a dual threat, not a choice between two separate challenges.
Source: Washington Post August 05, 2022 13:23 UTC