28 August, 2021

"I was instructed to answer reporters' questions!" Biden said publicly, and American public opinion

According to a domestic media report on August 27, local time on August 26, after the bombing at the Kabul Airport in Afghanistan, US President Biden held a press conference at the White House; however, Biden exhibited "weird" behavior at the press conference ., And claimed, "He was instructed to answer questions from several reporters in turn." As soon as this news came out, it completely triggered discussion among the American people.

According to reports, on the evening of August 26, two explosions near the Kabul Airport resulted in the deaths of more than 100 people, including at least 13 American soldiers and 90 Afghans. According to a report by Fox News, Biden held a press conference on the bombing at the White House 7 hours after the incident. However, Biden declared at the press conference, "Ladies and gentlemen, they gave me a list. I instructed to answer the first American NBC's Kelly O'Donnell

Fox News revealed that other reporters on the list also include Reuters reporter Trevor Hennicart and Associated Press reporter Amer Madhani. However, Biden did not follow the list. Instead, he had a conversation with a reporter from National Public Radio, and even had an argument with Fox News reporter Peter Dussie. According to Fox News, when listening to Dusi’s question, Biden tried to stop him, and instead wanted to ask the reporter: “No, I’ll ask you a question, wait a minute, no, I’ll ask you a question...” After the tense atmosphere of five to ten seconds passed, Dussy finally gained the upper hand and became the questioning party. However, at this time, Biden lowered his head, his eyes were almost closed and listened to the other party's question, as if he was asleep.

Regarding Biden's words and deeds, American conservative media "Washington Observer" commentator Tiana Lowe bluntly said on social media, "Who is the boss here." Fox News commentator Stephen Miller also said, "Biden The performance is not like a leader. What is incredible is that everyone agrees to this." US Republican Congressman Claudia Tanney exclaimed: "Who asked Biden to talk to reporters? who is the real power of the people? are you kidding

At the same time, American people left messages under relevant reports, “Puppet Joe—Dementia, Corruption, Continuous Lying, Coward!” “Biden needs to be removed.” “As everyone knows, every press conference held in Biden. He was told who to visit." "Biden's wife and the people behind the scenes should be ashamed of putting this man in this position." "Listen to the rhythm of Biden's speech at this press conference. and his subsequent reply to the question of reporters, it certainly raises the question: 'are duplicate content Biden spoke to him in person by hiding the headset?'

It should be mentioned that because of his advanced age and illness, Biden, now 78 years old, has not stopped speculation about his performance of the presidential duties since he assumed the presidency of the United States. On March 17, an opinion poll conducted by American journalist Helen Bunsky showed that 53% of Americans interviewed believed that "Biden is just a puppet"! Important decisions of the White House are all "manipulated" by Vice President Harris or other important officials. On August 21, a poll published by Rasmussen, a US polling agency, showed that 51% of people said that "others are making decisions for the 78-year-old Biden."

Intriguingly, Biden has repeatedly "proved" that he can't. On August 23, Biden received the 2020 WNBA (National Women's Basketball League) champion Seattle Storm at the White House, and praised U.S. Vice President Harris in his speech: "We now have an outstanding female vice president. Soon, we will have the first female president." Earlier, Biden not only referred to Harris as "President-elect", but also bluntly said that the United States will have a "Harris government."

It is worth noting that under the turmoil in Afghanistan, Biden's current approval rating is dropping sharply. On August 27, a recent poll by Echelon Insights, a US polling and data analysis company, showed that 51% of Americans did not want to see Biden run for reelection, and some critics even expressed their opinions on Biden's ability to work. Worry. On August 24, the US Consumer News and Business Channel (CNBC) published a poll showing that Biden's average approval rate was 47%, which was 7 percentage points lower than the May poll, which was the lowest since he became president. popularity.

Biden's revenge operation begins

US air strikes killed an ISIS-K "planner", the action was approved by Biden

According to the Associated Press, the Pentagon said that the United States carried out an air strike in Afghanistan against a "planner" of the "ISIS-K" branch of the extremist organization "ISIS", and the target person was killed. According to reports, this person was allegedly involved in a plan to launch an attack on the United States in Kabul. The British "Guardian" stated that an official of the US Department of Defense who asked not to be named said that Biden authorized the air strikes and was ordered by Secretary of Defense Austin.

According to reports, US Central Command spokesman Bill said that the United States launched a drone attack on an "Islamic State" member in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, "we killed the target." According to the report, this person was alleged to have participated in the plan to launch an attack on the United States in Kabul. It is not clear whether this person was specifically involved in the suicide bombing outside Kabul Airport on the 26th. The British "Guardian" said that an American official said that the person was planning a future attack.

“The U.S. military conducted an over-the-horizon counter-terrorism operation against an ISIS-K planner today. The drone strike took place in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan,” the spokesperson said. “As far as we know, no Caused civilian casualties."

On the evening of the 26th local time, there was a sudden suicide bombing outside the Kabul International Airport in the capital of Afghanistan. The extremist organization "Islamic State" announced on its website that it was responsible for the incident, claiming that the target of its attack was "translators and collaborators of the US military." The US "Wall Street Journal" reported on the 27th that the bombing outside Kabul Airport had killed more than 100 people, including at least 13 American soldiers and 90 Afghans.

US Marines in Kabul

After the bombing of the Kabul Airport, Biden once stated that the United States will pursue the extremist organization "ISIS" (ISIS) branch "ISIS-K" to the end and make it pay the price. The US military can attack the organization at any time. Any base strikes.

On August 27, local time, US White House spokesperson Psaki stated at a regular press conference that day that US President Biden did not want the mastermind behind the bombing of Kabul Airport in Afghanistan to continue to "live on earth."

The terrorist attack on Kabul Airport puts the Biden administration under greater pressure Expert: The United States is unable to truly defeat terrorism

A suicide bomb attack occurred near Kabul International Airport in Afghanistan on the 26th, resulting in heavy casualties for the US military and Afghan people. After the attack, the extremist organization issued a statement claiming that it had carried out the attack. Both the United States and the Afghan Taliban expressed their intention to crack down on the extremist organization.

The terrorist attack at Kabul Airport brings triple impact

Some analysts pointed out that this attack has brought a new impact to the situation in Afghanistan, highlighting that terrorism is still a real threat facing Afghanistan, which will inevitably cast a shadow on the prospects of the Taliban's governance in Afghanistan, and at the same time make it persistent. The Biden administration, which wants to complete the withdrawal on schedule, is under greater pressure.


Impact 1: Terrorist threats are prominent

The terrorist attack at Kabul International Airport on the 26th caused a large number of casualties, including the US military and Afghan people. The New York Times commented that the United States and its allies have spent 20 years trying to defeat terrorism in Afghanistan, but the attacks on the 26th showed that terrorism is still a threat.

The US military and allies killed many militants and leaders of al-Qaeda and extremist organizations through counter-terrorism operations, but both terrorist organizations have a certain degree of adaptability and have evolved into more decentralized organizations, constantly searching for new turbulent areas." Take root" and implement violent extreme actions.

Impact 2: The Taliban in Afghanistan face severe challenges

After the terrorist attack, the Afghan Taliban strongly condemned the attack on civilians and said that they would pay close attention to the security situation and protect the safety of the people, and try their best to stop the evil forces. Analysts pointed out that the Afghan Taliban is currently working to form an inclusive government that can be accepted by all parties in Afghanistan. This major terrorist attack will undoubtedly have a negative impact on this process. The Taliban will face severe challenges in controlling the domestic situation. One of the main purposes of extremist organizations' terrorist attacks at this time is to combat the Taliban, which is about to establish a regime. This terrorist attack may make the situation in Afghanistan even more chaotic.

Impact Three: The Biden Administration in the United States is under greater pressure

This attack was the most serious attack by the US military in Afghanistan since 2011. Prior to this, the Biden administration of the United States has been criticized for the fall of the Ghani government in Afghanistan. After the attack, it has encountered a new round of severe criticism from public opinion and Congressional Republicans. Republican Senators Holly and Blackburn publicly demanded Biden's resignation on the 26th.

The US "Political News" article stated that this is the most devastating moment in Biden's presidency so far. The "Washington Post" also stated that Biden suffered the most serious crisis in his tenure on the 26th.

The terrorist attack at Kabul Airport severely impacts U.S. internal affairs

The attack also triggered doubts and accusations against US President Biden in the United States, and many Republican lawmakers called on President Biden to resign. In this regard, Ruan Zongze, executive vice president of the China Institute of International Studies, said that the attack was undoubtedly a diplomatic disaster for Biden, and the attack also severely affected the internal affairs of the United States.

Regarding what actions the United States may take in the future, Li Shaoxian, dean of the Chinese Arab National Research Institute of Ningxia University, said that the terrorist attack may accelerate the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan and may also carry out air strikes on target extremist organizations.


Ruan Zongze, Executive Vice President of the China Institute of International Studies: This terrorist attack is a diplomatic disaster for Biden, and this incident has severely impacted the internal affairs of the United States. In fact, due to successive terrorist attacks, a political storm has now been triggered in the United States.

First, Biden lacks leadership. Second, the intelligence information is judged incorrectly. What you said seemed to be under control, but in fact this confusion left him at a loss. Several senators from the Republican Party have proposed to ask Biden to resign and impeach him.

Li Shaoxian, Dean of the Chinese Academy of Arab Countries at Ningxia University: This terrorist attack will objectively speed up the US withdrawal from Afghanistan. The original August 31st does not rule out the withdrawal before August 31st. In his own words, staying for an extra minute will increase the risk.

It cannot be ruled out that air strikes on certain targets (extreme organizations) while withdrawing on August 31 are possible, and it is politically necessary.

Ruan Zongze, Executive Vice President of the China Institute of International Studies: The United States has actually embodied the "America First" policy from the beginning to the end during the 20-year war in Afghanistan, and it also embodied "America First" at a critical time. This terrorist attack just shows that the United States does not have the ability to protect its own security, nor does it have the ability to truly defeat terrorism.

Japan and Taiwan colluded to convene "2+2" in an attempt to "deter China". Expert: Japan wants to express its "political loyalty" to the United States.

Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party and Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party held the so-called “2+2” talks for the first time on the morning of the 27th, that is, the “exchange of opinions on foreign defense policy”. Since Biden took office, the Japanese government has actively followed the US policy of containment against China, and some officials have repeatedly spoken out about Taiwan Strait issues. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said on the 27th that the Taiwan issue has a bearing on the political foundation of Sino-Japanese relations. The Japanese side bears historical responsibilities to the Chinese people on the Taiwan issue, and it especially needs to be cautious in words and deeds. We solemnly request Japan to stop interfering in China's internal affairs and not to send wrong signals to the "Taiwan independence" forces. He emphasized that China firmly opposes any form of official exchanges between countries with diplomatic ties with Taiwan. The Chinese side has lodged solemn representations with the Japanese side in this regard.

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"2+2" talks of the "ruling party version"

The Nihon Keizai Shimbun stated on the 27th that representatives of the Japanese Liberal Democratic Party and the Taiwan Democratic Progressive Party conducted a "diplomatic and security dialogue" for the first time through video on the 27th. The Japanese representatives participating in the dialogue are the chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Masahisa Sato and the chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party’s Ministry of National Defense Otsuka Taku; Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party is represented by "legislators" Luo Zhizheng and Cai Adaptation, who have long dealt with "diplomatic and national defense" issues. The two sides exchanged views on "containment measures against China entering the East China Sea and the South China Sea." The Japanese side has positioned this dialogue as the "ruling party version" of the "2+2 meeting of ministers in charge of foreign affairs and defense."

Taiwan’s Dongsen News said on the 27th that Sato Masahisa stated at the beginning that because Japan and Taiwan still have official restrictions on official exchanges, they have strengthened cooperation between the two sides through the "ruling party" in charge of the exchanges of "members". Otsuka Taku said that the "2+2" talks are of great significance. “Recently, China’s military power has increased substantially, causing regional instability and affecting the world order.” “The Liberal Democratic Party’s Defense Ministry has already put forward proposals to strengthen the defense policy (for China). The Japanese government also takes it seriously and increases related funding, hoping to provide Scare resistance". He said that Japan and Taiwan "are also located near the East China Sea, facing China, and are a community of shared destiny."

As soon as Luo Zhizheng spoke, he was close to Japan, claiming that "Faced with regional changes, Taiwan and Japan have common interests and values, as well as a common vision, and look forward to common actions in the future." Tsai adapts to say that this dialogue symbolizes the "fettered relationship" between the two parties. "This is a very good fate. I hope that this dialogue mechanism will become a practice, and create a new communication channel in addition to the existing one and two tracks." .

China Times reported that during the talks, the two sides discussed how to improve deterrence capabilities, such as strengthening defenses in specific areas and the possibility of information exchange on military security targets; in the economic section, the two sides talked about possible cooperation intentions. It also mentioned that TSMC’s investment in the United States, and hope that the Taiwan authorities can also facilitate TSMC’s investment in Japan and strengthen cooperation in semiconductor research and development. The China Times Newspaper specifically mentioned that the two sides talked about cooperation in maritime patrols. In March, Taiwan and the United States signed a memorandum of cooperation on maritime patrols. On August 10, the two sides held a low-key joint exercise off Hualien. Tsai adapts to say, Taiwan and the United States have reached a maritime cruise agreement, why not with Japan?

Japan initiated the talks

Regarding the first "2+2" meeting between the DPP and the Japanese Liberal Democratic Party, DPP "legislator" Wang Dingyu hailed that the Taiwan-Japan "ruling party" dialogue was not only the first in history, but also a historic breakthrough in Taiwan-Japan relations. ". Taiwan’s “Ministry of Foreign Affairs” stated on the 27th: “It is hoped that Taiwan, Japan’s government and opposition parties can expand exchanges and interactions and become regular dialogue partners.”

The pro-green "Liberty Times" stated that as the mainland is increasing its "military pressure" on Taiwan, the Liberal Democratic Party’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs will set up a "Taiwan Policy Review Project Team" in February to discuss key policies on the diplomatic and security guarantees of members of Congress, and strengthen Japan’s Taiwan relations. The first convener of the project team was Masahisa Sato.

Taiwan’s United News Network revealed on the 27th that after the Liberal Democratic Party submitted a report on its Taiwan policy review in June, the Japanese side expressed their willingness for dialogue through the Taipei Representative Office in Japan, and then the two parties directly started the discussion. The process was about two months and the whole process was confidential. Only a few days before the event was confirmed, Japan did not release the news through the media. Taiwan media claimed that the news of the video conference was exposed at the time when US Vice President Harris was visiting Southeast Asia. Therefore, the talks showed that some countries are strengthening coordination with each other's response to the mainland.

Since the beginning of this year, the collusion between Taiwan and Japan has become more and more open. In April, the Japan-US joint statement mentioned the Taiwan issue for the first time in 52 years. Subsequently, some high-ranking Japanese officials and politicians successively issued arguments against the one-China principle on the situation in the Taiwan Strait. Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi has repeatedly talked about "the stability of the Taiwan Strait is vital to Japan." The Deputy Minister of Defense Yasuhide Nakayama even declared openly that he "will protect Taiwan as a democratic country." The 2021 "Defense White Paper" issued by the Japanese government in July declared that "Japan must be more crisis-conscious to pay attention to the situation in the Taiwan Strait."

Chen Xiang, an associate researcher of the Institute of Japanese Studies of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said in an interview with the Global Times on the 27th that the so-called "2+2" talks between the Japanese Liberal Democratic Party and the Taiwan Democratic Progressive Party are only a result of the recent increase in US intervention in the Taiwan Strait. In order to deter and deter the mainland's "armed reunification" on the Taiwan issue, it takes the lead in the multilateral control of China. But the "2+2 talks" this time are only "communication" within the political parties. Japanese politicians will soon experience personnel changes due to the general election, and this relationship is limited to "communication". It is not only affected by the domestic situation in Japan but also by changes in relations between major powers, it is difficult to develop into a mechanism.

Chen Xiang said that on the Taiwan Strait issue, Japan can be said to have repeatedly touched China's red line. Japan has made a basic analysis of the recent international situation, that is, the United States has shifted from an "anti-terrorism strategy" to a "control China strategy." Then, the role of Japan and Taiwan in the strategic switching of the United States has been enhanced. Therefore, Japan subjectively believes that the United States urgently needs Japan and will require Japan to participate in conflicts in the Taiwan Strait and engage in military intervention.

"Japan-Taiwan linkage" will surely suffer a counterattack

The spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy in Japan stated on the 27th that individual members of the Japanese Liberal Democratic Party held a so-called "diplomatic and security dialogue" with relevant personnel of the Taiwan Democratic Progressive Party in an attempt to conduct official exchanges in a disguised form, grossly interfering in China's internal affairs, and seriously violating the one-China principle and the China-Japan Contest. The spirit of this political document seriously violates Japan's commitments made so far. It is another negative move by Japan on the Taiwan issue, sending a serious wrong signal to the "Taiwan independence" forces. China is strongly dissatisfied and resolutely opposed to this, and has lodged solemn representations with Japan.

Taiwan's "Wang Pao" stated that the Japanese cabinet of Yoshihide Suga seems to have deep confidence in Biden's declaration of "the United States is back" and is following the same steps with the United States in the "resistance against China." Involved in war ". The article also stated that Japan's support for Taiwan does not mean that it will give up diplomatic relations with the mainland, and the US-Japan alliance may not really become a strategic support and guarantee for Taiwan's security.

Chen Xiang believes that the confrontation between China and the United States around the Taiwan Strait intensifies the strategic game. In this general environment, the United States will gradually let go of its shackles on Japan. This has led to a trend of intensified collusion between the United States, Japan, the United States and Taiwan, and Japan and Taiwan. Between Japan and Taiwan, the frequency and depth of mutual use and collusion activities between the two sides have been increased.

Hong Kong's China Review News Agency stated on the 27th that Japan and Taiwan have made a public connection and made dangerous moves that touch China's core interests. The mainland will not turn a blind eye and will inevitably take tough measures to respond, including military responses. Japan and Taiwan ignore the warnings and continue to provoke, so they must be prepared to pay the price for this. Lomanov, deputy director of the Institute of World Economics and International Relations of the Russian Academy of Sciences, told the Russian Satellite News Agency that Japan's "Taiwan card" is implementing political orders from the United States, and Tokyo is attempting to show political loyalty to Washington in this way. Of course, Japan will pay a huge price for this.

According to the Ministry of Defense of Japan, four warships including the Type 055-10,000-ton destroyer of the Chinese Navy crossed the Soya Strait in northern Japan on the 24th. At the same time, three warships including the Type 052D destroyer of the Chinese Navy crossed the Miyako Strait in southwestern Japan and entered the Western Pacific Ocean. Two formations of the Chinese Navy crossed the two major straits of Japan's north and south on the same day, which is very rare. On the 25th, three Chinese military aircraft flew over the Miyako Strait again. On the 26th, the People's Liberation Army "Z-9" helicopters rarely appeared in the Southwest Air Defense Identification Zone of Taiwan.Taiwan media said that the helicopter did not take off from land due to the limited flight distance. Taiwan's pro-green media "Xintou Shell" quoted military experts on the island in exclamation on the 27th: "The Southwest Air Defense Identification Zone has become the PLA's'Maritime Zhurihe'."

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Published under Blog on 28 August, 2021.