The Washingon Times: Under Xi’s leadership, China is losing friends, alienating allies


‘How to Lose Friends and Alienate People” is not just the name of the English journalist Toby Young’s memoir. It’s also an apt description of Chinese foreign policy under President Xi Jinping.

China has only one official treaty ally and it’s not necessarily one you would want as a friend: North Korea. It also maintains close ties with Pakistan, though the two are not bound by treaty.

What subject could possibly unite fire-breathing Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz and socialist New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (besides, perhaps, their love of Twitter)? China.

During the recent dust-up between Beijing and the National Basketball Association, Mr. Cruz and Ms. Ocasio-Cortez both signed a bipartisan letter lamenting that the “Chinese Communist Party is using its economic power to suppress the speech of Americans inside the United States.”

“It is also outrageous that the NBA has caved to Chinese government demands for contrition,” they continued.

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