President Biden spoke at joint military airbase in southern Virginia Friday, warning troops that China thinks it will ‘own America’ within the next 15 years.
Biden talked of past conversations he’s had with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
‘I’ve spent more time with President Xi [Jinping] of China than any world leader has,’ Biden said while making his Memorial Day remarks. ‘For 24 hours of private meetings, with just an interpreter, 17,000 miles traveling in China and here.
‘He firmly believes that China before the year 2035 is going to own America, because autocracies can make quick decisions. But America is unique. And all nations in the world, we’re the only nation organized based on an idea.
‘None of you get your rights from your government; you get your rights merely because you’re a child of God. The government is there to protect those God-given rights. No other government has been based on that notion. No one can defeat us except us.’
Biden did not go into further details as to what he meant by ‘own America’ and made no other remarks about the country during his 23-minute speech.
Biden previously insisted the Communist country was ‘not competition’ for America while on the presidential campaign trail in 2019, but tensions between the US and China have grown very high in recent weeks as a growing number of scientists question whether COVID-19 leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
On Wednesday, he ordered the 17 National Labs run by the Department of Energy to assist the intelligence community in a 90-day sprint to examine whether the virus leaked from a lab in China, by sifting through a massive trove of previously unexamined data.