By Hannah Ng
The Mar-a-Lago raid undermines U.S. credibility in international politics and can be exploited by China, according to Bradley A. Thayer, the director of China policy at the Center for Security Policy.
Thayer called the FBI raid of former President Trump’s Florida resort a violation of American political culture and principles, saying such a move “is welcomed by our adversaries, and which is certainly a negative event for our allies and for the credibility of the United States.”
“Events that weaken American domestic political stability have a negative consequence, a negative result for our allies. Likewise, our enemies, those countries that wish us ill, would seek to destroy the United States, supplant [it] from its dominant position in international politics, and attack our allies like Japan or partners like Taiwan, are emboldened by this,” Thayer said in an interview with NTD News, The Epoch Times’ sister media.
As co-author of the book titled “Understanding the China Threat,” the expert opined that the Chinese regime will be using the incident to leverage its propaganda against America.
“The Chinese regime is not going to forget this, but will be constantly using this in their propaganda, as the United States and China fight an ideological conflict for the world’s first states international politics,” he said.
“So it was a benefit to China, and the Chinese Communist Party to see the Biden administration acting in this way,” Thayer added.
According to Thayer, what makes America a strong ally is its feature of “producing the expansion of political freedoms and rights, human rights, around the world.”
The strength of the United States also lies in its “economic system that has profited so many around the world, improving the economic well-being of individuals, and established norms and rules in international politics.”
“It is the strength of our political culture, which has served the United States very well, since its founding in 1776, despite difficulties that we faced, including a civil war, in our own domestic politics,” he said.
Meanwhile, in stark contrast, Thayer described the Chinese regime as “one of totalitarianism, control, oppression, tyranny, the suppression of human rights, and state control of the economy, which leads to the perverse economies … and the single greatest threat to stability in international politics.”
Yet, the attack on Trump would give the regime opportunities to “capitalize upon that, to legitimize their own rule by pointing out this event and exaggerating it by calling attention to other states in international politics, that ‘the United States is a nation in decline.’”
They would emphasize in their propaganda that “the Chinese model, the Beijing model, or the Chinese way of political organization of tyranny, is better than democracy,” Thayer opined.
As many countries around the world look to the United States for leadership and for support, Thayer said, “the United States has an obligation to its allies and partners around the world to recognize that we shoulder that responsibility.”
“So we can’t be flippant, we can’t be cavalier about violating norms in our political culture, or violating essentially how the two political parties treat one another,” he said.
“We need to be sensitive to how these events are going to be exploited by our enemies, and do our utmost to minimize those clearly and obviously, so that we’re not essentially giving an avenue for our enemies to exploit against the United States or against friends and allies around the world,” Thayer said.