A Biden administration would likely have a vastly different foreign policy agenda with America's biggest threat, Communist China. In fact, cozying up to the dictatorship seems to be in the cards for both politicians and their allies in the media.
Disney's chairman, Bob Iger, is reportedly at the top of Joe Biden's list for ambassador to China. Iger, who says he's game for the job, certainly has a ton of experience dealing with the Communist Chinese Party (CCP). He personally oversaw building the theme park in Shanghai that opened in 2016. It is, in his words, "authentically Disney and distinctly Chinese."
But not everyone think Iger's appointment is a good idea. In fact, the byword in China is "go along to get along" – a characteristic that would be fatal in an ambassador, according to national security expert Robert Maginnis with Family Research Council.
"Disney has compromised time and again with the Communist Chinese to gain access to the motion picture entertainment market in China," the retired Army officer tells One News Now. And while Maginnis acknowledges that might be good for Disney's movie and retail sales, he says the CCP has designs on becoming the world's only superpower – economically, militarily, and technologically.
"We need a savvy ambassador – as well as a team – recognizing that this is an adversary, I would argue, more ruthless than the former Soviet Union," he adds.
According to Maginnis, China is currently stealing about $600 billion annually in intellectual property in an "electronic" cold war that's both intense and unrelenting – as well as somewhat invisible.
"If you could somehow bring light to the cyber war that's going on [between the U.S. and China], the skies would be dark with smoke; there would be constant lights back and forth. It would be a terrifying scene," he concludes.
Hollywood as a whole in CCP's back pocket
In 2012, United Artists remade the popular Cold War film "Red Dawn." In that remake, Communist China, not the USSR, was the "bad guy." The film was in the can, according to the LA Times, when the studio brass decided to go in and digitally remake the movie so North Korea had antagonist role.
Curtis Houck of Media Research Center says it was a financial decision. "Whether it's Disney or Comcast with Universal Studios, or CBS with Viacom, criticizing China in their properties, in their movies, [or] on their networks is not something that they really want to be doing because they don't want to draw the ire of their Chinese censors."
Fast forward – and Houck says a potential Biden administration is looking to make that same financial deal. "This is part and parcel of the Biden administration's policy, which is they don't view China as an enemy. They view China as a competitor," he observes.
And whether it's proven by ignoring Hunter Biden's business dealings or the growing "sex-pionage" scandal involving House Intelligence Committee member Eric Swalwell (D-California), the media's gaze seems to only go in one direction, says the MRC spokesman.
Media talking-heads, he offers, have argued how President Trump "has been compromised by Russian agents, which we knew was not true and learned it to be so; [and] that the president is an agent of Russia, and, of course, that wasn't true either."
That one-sided take on such matters, says Houck, is "just blatant hypocrisy."
Image above: Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, shakes hands with then U.S. Vice President Joe Biden as they pose for photos at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. (AP file photo, December 4, 2013)