China Mocks Joe Biden: Apologizing For America Shows ‘How Powerless He Is’


China’s state-run newspaper Global Times mocked President Joe Biden on Tuesday for eliciting “ridicule” by apologizing for America at the United Nations COP26 climate summit this week.

Biden told journalists he was sorry that, under his predecessor Donald Trump, the United States had abandoned the Paris Climate Accords. Trump withdrew on the grounds that it imposed onerous demands on the United States while providing for other large countries – most notably the world’s worst polluter, China – to increase greenhouse gas emissions for nearly a decade.

As of 2020, only one country, India, was keeping its Paris Agreement promises, according to a study by the international group Climate Transparency.

Biden has made few positive headlines during his COP26 stint, at one point even appearing to fall asleep during an event. He more recently used his platform to criticize the Chinese Communist Party for not sending dictator Xi Jinping to the event, arguing the move would cause China to lose influence on the world stage.

“I guess I shouldn’t apologize,” Biden told those assembled at the conference on Monday, “but I do apologize for the fact that the United States in the last administration pulled out of the Paris Accords and put us sort of behind the eight ball a little bit.”

“The United States is not only back at the table but hopefully leading by the power of example. I know that hasn’t been the case and that’s why my administration is working overtime,” he added.

A column in the Global Times, typically one of China’s most belligerent government propaganda outlets, sarcastically called Biden’s apology “noble” and asserted that the remark proves the United States, and Biden in particular, are “powerless.”

“What a ‘noble’ apology, which made Biden seem like he cares about climate change, but also how hypocritical and powerless he is,” the column affirmed. “His apology does not make any sense, as he has no plan to fulfill his promises and no guarantee to make sure that his commitment won’t be toppled by the next administration.”

“Worse, he cannot even win enough support from his own party to get a green light for his plan,” the article continued, citing opposition to Biden’s trillion-dollar “infrastructure” plan from moderate Democrats like Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV). Citing a Communist Party-approved expert, the newspaper stated, “If the U. S. still has teeth, it will definitely not become that humble.”

The Global Times accused Biden of using a serious climate change conference for a cheap “slap in the face” to Trump, “bringing US political infighting to the global arena.”

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