The US is changing its strategy with China

From the transparency line to the shadow line: how diplomatic maneuvers are proceeding after the meeting in Rome between the American National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and the plenipotentiary for Chinese foreign policy Yang Jeichi

WASHINGTON – Le diplomatic maneuvers in progress, and in particular the summit in Rome between the American National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and the plenipotentiary for Chinese foreign policy, Yang Jeichi, did not bring an improvement. Indeed they seem to have fed one some confusion
. This clear impression in the United States.

For the first time since the conflict began, the US government has put aside transparency and the dissemination of intelligence as strategic tools to counter propaganda, or rather, the constant flow of Russian lies. At a seven-hour meeting between Sullivan and JeichiThis was followed by a statement from the White House, a collective phone call with accredited journalists, held by a National Security Council official, the Pentagon briefing and that of Jen Psaki, spokesman for Joe Biden. Well there are very few things left in the notes.

In about fifteen no comment or I am not in a position to answer this question only three sentences peek out. The first: if Xi Jinping supplies Putin with weapons, China will have to face consequences. Second: if Putin uses chemical or biological weapons, he will face severe consequences. The third: the Biden administration does not like red lines and therefore you will not see any.

This last step is perhaps the most interesting. In 2102 Barack Obama announced to the world that America would intervene militarily in Syria if the dictator Assad had resorted to chemical weapons, crossing the red line of barbarism. Assad used them, but Obama didn’t send the marines to Damascus. Joe Biden was the vice president. Yup keep arguing still today of that choice. But whether it was right or wrong, Biden has no intention of repeating it, of drawing an obligatory path. In Washington, however, many fear that in this way the linearity of the strategy followed up to now risks getting lost in too vague formulas. We have already reported several times about the psychological sentiment, even before the political one, that he is mounting in Congress. Democrats and Republicans ask Biden not to let Putin dictate the war agenda or even Xi Jinping.

The president, however, is buying time. He first of all wants to try to decipher what Beijing’s real intentions are. That is to what extent it is willing to act as a bank in Moscow. Furthermore, the leader of the White House wants to verify what the reaction of the European allies is. The sanctions against Russia are already a heavy test, especially for some countries such as Germany and Italy. But the European bloc, as in the US they call the European Union, would be ready to penalize China as well? These are the two aspects that convinced the president to put aside, at least for the moment, the doctrine of transparency, dusting off the old paraphernalia of communication in times of crisis: no announcement, no commitment, no flight forward. Yup works in the rearbehind the shadow line.

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