One of President Joe Biden’s nominees as undersecretary for political affairs is Victoria Nuland, former undersecretary of state and a former propagandist for the controversial Confucius Institutes, used by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to interfere in the U.S. government, and vetoed by the Trump administration.
Nuland, as a spokeswoman for the Obama administration in 2012 supported the expansion of such institutions at universities, despite knowing the implications of the “soft power” through which the CCP tries to appear attractive, The Washington Free Beacon reported on March 1.
Asked by a reporter whether “the expansion of the Confucius Institute in the United States as the strongest Chinese soft power,” worried the administration, Nuland replied, “No, this [Confucius Institute] is something that we support. It’s part of the people-to-people understanding.”
Nuland could now get the third highest post in the State Department, and would go on to the roster of 14 senior officials with ties to the CCP on whom Biden relies for part of his administration.
“Any nominee who has spoken in favor of Confucius Institutes is extremely concerning,” said a spokesman for Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), quoted by The Washington Free Beacon.
She added, “We cannot have individuals who are either naive to—or even sympathize with—the threat that Beijing poses in top national security positions.”
In a letter last week, addressed by Republican Sens. Rob Portman (Ohio), Mitt Romney (Utah), Marco Rubio (Fla.), and Chuck Grassley (Iowa) to Biden suggested rules for the Confucius Institutes rules proposed by the Trump administration, referred to them as a threat.
“Among the multitude of threats we face stemming from China, the CCP’s abuse of America’s academic system to steal sensitive research and technology, limit free expression, and propagandize our students is of particular concern. Confucius Institutes are one element of this threat to American academia,” the letter stated.
In 2011 Nuland also praised the rise of the CCP as the “rise of a prosperous and successful China.” She insisted, “We do not see China’s rise as a threat, nor do we seek to contain China’s rise.”
However, previous administrations so favored the influence of the CCP that it has repeatedly been called the greatest threat, not only to the United States but to the world.
The foreign policy of pre-Trump administrations were characterized by interventionism and hegemonic drive, adopting the role of running the world, and analysts assume that Nuland will return to that path, given her record with Obama.
Renowned author Robert W. Merry, accurately defines the soul that animated the policies and strategies of former President Donald Trump, always faithful to the MAGA motto, from the beginning of his presidential campaign in 2016 to the present. “Whatever one may say about Donald Trump, he was no abstractionist. He didn’t obsess over a vaguely defined global order under U.S. auspices or spout concepts of American do-goodism that morphed into calls for American hegemony,” Merry said in Responsible Statecraft, March 2.
He added, “He put America, not the world, at the center of U.S. foreign policy and drew a direct line between international relations and the well-being of U.S. citizens.”
Merry reviews some war work Nuland was involved in, including when “she helped bring down Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych in a bloody coup.”
She also “unleashed a Ukrainian civil war, and induced Russia to threaten a military response if Ukraine were to be wrested from the Russian sphere of influence and placed in NATO” while serving as undersecretary of state for European and Eurasian Affairs in 2014.