By Stephen Harner
Confused, conflicted, callow, cavalier. Feckless, fatuous, overly fastidious. Conceited, counterproductive, and incomprehensible.
Sometimes it is hard to find words even to describe, let alone to explain, the Obama administration’s consistently gauche, blundering, even self-damaging policy decisions and actions toward China.
The latest example is provided by a long article in August 16 The New York Times entitled “Obama Administration Warns Beijing About Covert Agents Operating in the U.S.” Some excerpts:
“The Obama administration has delivered a warning to Beijing about the presence of Chinese government agents operating secretly in the United States to pressure prominent expatriates–some wanted in China on charges of corruption–to return home immediately, according to American officials.
“The American officials said that Chinese law enforcement agents covertly in this country are part of Beijing’s global campaign to hunt down and repatriate Chinese fugitives and, in some cases, recover allegedly ill-gotten gains.
“American officials said they had solid evidence that the Chinese agents–who are not in the United States on acknowledged government business, and most likely are entering on tourist or trade visas–use various strong-arm tactics to get fugitives to return. The harassment, which has included threats against family members in China, has intensified recently, officials said. Read more