Chinese state media mocked decrepit U.S. President Joe Biden on Friday for suggesting the free nations of the world create an alternative to China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), according to Breitbart News.
Chinese Communist editorialists asserted that the U.S. no longer has the wealth, influence, or organizational skill to rival China’s international infrastructure plan, which they claimed the West has unfairly maligned as an effort to dominate the Third World by indebting its governments to Chinese banks.
Biden told reporters on Friday that he suggested to U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson the idea of creating an alternative to BRI. “I suggested we should have, essentially, a similar initiative, pulling from the democratic states, helping those communities around the world that, in fact, need help,” Biden said.
On Sunday, China’s state-run Global Times laughed at Biden for thinking he could create a global infrastructure plan when he cannot even pass a U.S. infrastructure bill:
Despite the fact that Washington has aired its concerns over the BRI, it has yet to convince countries that it can offer a reliable alternative to the Chinese initiative. As the US is thinking about helping the world with infrastructure construction, its own infrastructure is in urgent need of update. As a matter of fact, Biden’s $3 trillion package with a giant infrastructure plan to boost infrastructure in the US is still under debate – the plan cannot even make all Democrats say “Yes.”
The Global Times added that Biden was only copying Belt and Road because China is winning the global political battle over issues like the coronavirus and forced labor in Xinjiang, saying that the leaders of Western countries offer only “tough rhetoric rather than concrete action.”