UPDATED 4:20 PM PT – Thursday, February 11, 2021
Joe Biden flip flopped on the economic threat posed by China. After his first phone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping Wednesday night, Biden raised concerns about Beijing while speaking with reporters on Thursday.
“If we don’t get moving they’re going to eat our lunch,” Biden stated.
He said China is “investing billions” on issues that relate to transportation and the environment and “we just have to step it up.”
However, Biden struck a very different tone back in May of 2019 while campaigning for president.
“China is going to eat our lunch? C’mon man,” Biden said. “They’re not competition for us.”
Joe Biden mocks the idea that China would “eat our lunch” (2019) and also that China is totally going to “eat our lunch” if we’re not careful (2021). Consistent thinking on lunch. Inconsistent thinking on China. pic.twitter.com/131vOkybG1
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) February 11, 2021
Biden has faced criticism for being pro-China, with Beijing openly admitting they preferred him to win the 2020 election. He previously criticized President Trump for his hardline stance on China.