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Jake Sullivan, Biden’s Pick for National Security Adviser, at a podium

Jake Sullivan, Biden’s pick for national security adviser, was not the first of the president-elect’s questionable cabinet choices.

Joe Biden’s pick for national security adviser said in a 2017 lecture that the U.S. should pick a strategy that in part “encourages China’s rise.”

Jake Sullivan was chosen by the president-elect to fill the position. Sullivan had previously advised Biden when the latter served as vice president to Obama.

Sullivan gave a lecture on behalf of the Lowry Institute during the first year of Trump’s presidency, during which he said that America’s policy on China needed to be about more than bilateral relations.

“We need to strike a middle course – one that encourages China’s rise in a manner consistent with an open, fair, rules-based, regional order,” Sullivan said. “This will require care and prudence and strategic foresight, and maybe even more basically it will require sustained attention. It may not have escaped your notice that these are not in ample supply in Washington right now.”

Sullivan also said that the U.S. policy on China “needs to be about our ties to the region that create an environment more conducive to a peaceful and positive-sum Chinese rise.”

Jake Sullivan was not the first of Biden’s questionable cabinet choices. Biden recently hired Steve Ricchetti – the man behind a China trade bill that cost Americans millions of manufacturing jobs – to be White House counselor.

Our economy is already partly dependent on China due to trade over the past decades, and under Biden, China’s threat to the United States will only grow worse.

We cannot allow anti-American officials to advise our nation’s leaders. And we cannot afford to support the leaders who hire them.

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