Published On: Thu, Feb 18th, 2021

Joe Biden told not to ‘interfere’ with UK politics after ‘extraordinary’ U-turn on China | World | News


Joe Biden critic and columnist Melanie Phillips slammed the US President for his “approach to world politics” and said she took “a rather dim view” of suggestions the new White House administration may look to try and influence the UK Government’s foreign policy. It comes as President Joe Biden was criticised for not asking China to own up over the communist party’s oppression of Uighur Muslims during his second call with Premier Xi Jing Ping.

Ms Phillips told Sky News: “I take a rather dim view of President Biden and his approach to world politics.

“I mean is this man really going to be influential on Britain, I hope not. I mean I hope he will be an ally.

“But here is a man who just in the last couple of days has virtually dismissed the genocide of the Uyghurs in China as a matter of cultural differences.

“He gave the most remarkable interview in which he said there are cultural differences and President Xi and I agree on this.”

“His thing is to do what he is doing with the Uyghurs, with Hong Kong with Taiwan,” she added.

“‘My job as leader of America is to protest about it’, I mean what an extraordinary thing to say.

“And then you have his pivoting his whole repositioning of America in the Middle East.

“I think it is terribly dangerous.”

It comes as Mr Biden was attacked by furious Britons over claims the US president is reluctant to join the UK in the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Earlier this month, the UK applied to join the CPTPP on the first anniversary of Britain’s official departure from the EU. 

however, former Washington aide and commentator Peter Rough warned the US was unlikely to join the deal – dealing a blow to Boris Johnson’s hopes of a quick US trade deal and closer relationship.

Mr Rough told Express.co.uk: “I think it’s a great idea for Britain to join, and there’s a lot of momentum and talk in Washington that this would be a great way to counter the Chinese trade bloc, the RCEP [Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership], in South East Asia.

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“More generally, it will set the rules of the road and the standards for 21st Century trade, as it will be a big trading bloc.

“But I just don’t hear a lot of energy, a lot of language out of the Biden administration, that’s eager to pick up big trading organisations like this.”

The CPTPP was first negotiated by President Barack Obama, who selected Mr Biden as his Vice President.

The deal never got past Congress due to Mr Trump’s decision to pull out of it in 2017.

 



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