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March 3, 2022
Biden fails to use Ukraine crisis to cover partisan struggles in US
State of the Union shuns provoking China, showing US limited ability: experts
By Yang Sheng and Zhang Han
US President Joe Biden finally made his delayed State of the Union address local time Tuesday night, devoting a significant portion of the speech to the Russia-Ukraine conflict, and mentioning China only twice while talking about international competition on the economy and technology.
Biden’s 62-minute speech was split between attention to the military conflict abroad and Americans’ worries at home, as he spent about 12 minutes on the Russia-Ukraine conflict and how the US will react. According to the AP, as Biden asked US lawmakers to “salute” Ukraine before his speech, “it was a notable show of unity after a long year of bitter acrimony between Biden’s Democratic coalition and the Republican opposition.”
Analysts said on Wednesday that Biden wants to use the Ukraine situation to make the struggling two parties as united as possible, but on urgent and serious domestic problems like inflation and the COVID-19 pandemic, the partisan struggle will not disappear and will continue. Biden’s speech just shows he can deliver nothing more effective to heal domestic problems than sentimental words.
March 3, 2022
While urging China to condemn Russia, the West, especially the US, is also pressuring India to take a clearer stance on the Russia-Ukraine conflict. According to the New York Times on Tuesday, India “could face scrutiny” as its balancing act on Ukraine is not satisfying enough.
Since the tension between Moscow and Kiev escalated, Washington has been making all efforts to pull New Delhi into its anti-Russia united front. In a call with Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar on Friday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken stressed “the importance of a strong collective response to condemn Russia’s invasion.” However, India so far has not changed its neutrality on the issue.
Washington, as the root cause of the Ukraine tension, is in no position to ask other countries to follow it closely to condemn or sanction Russia. It cannot ask the whole world to pay for the chaos it has created. No party other than the US and its close allies in NATO should bear the responsibility.
It seems the advocacy of condemnation and sanctions from the international community has satisfied mostly the interests of the US. By further aggravating the situation, the US has brought its European allies closer to and more dependent on it. At the same time, it has finally realized its dream of ruthlessly suppressing its old enemy Russia as much as it wants.
In the end, no matter how hard they attempt to pressure other countries, the US and its NATO allies should be the only ones stewing in their own juice.