It was the first meeting between Joe Biden and China’s President Xi Jinping in five years—since a World Economic Forum (WEF) confab at Davos, Switzerland in 2017, to be exact.
So much catching up to do.
So what did the U.S. President and Chinese Premier for life have to say to each other face-to-face, in person, sans face masks, in Bali, Indonesia?
Not zero COVID, as it turns out, but zero about COVID.
Yes, suddenly, the pandemic that issued from Wuhan, the biolab funded by Dr. Anthony Fauci, skirting Obama era rules regarding gain-of-funding research prohibitions state-side on the hush-hush, wink-wink, was of no interest.
The conversation was all climate change and food insecurity, and delicately managing the oh-so friendly “competition” between the two nations, according to Breitbart and other reporting.
Was the press going to “press” either leader on that little COVID disaster episode? Of course not. The Chinese reportedly manhandled an American reporter just for the fun of it, sparking a mild objection from the U.S. side.
Citizens Fed Up In Guangzhou
But COVID did manage to become part of the story, despite the studied avoidance of two leaders perhaps most responsible for the worst policies and decisions of the COVID era.
The sprawling port mega-city of Guangzhou, with a population of more than 37 million, saw normally compliant citizens rebel in mass against Jinping’s zero COVID lockdowns.
Footage broadcast by Disclose.tv and others showed that though much of the world has been trying to get back to some semblance of normalcy, large populations are still being subjected to harsh and de-humanizing COVID policies.
But the restrictions, policy failures, human rights abuses, dangerous bio-research and experimentation, and cover-ups didn’t give rise to a single exchange of dialogue between the two leaders, according to a summary readout released by the White House following the meeting.
“The two leaders spoke candidly about their respective priorities and intentions across a range of issues,” the readout said.
The silence, especially given the apt juxtaposition with rising discontent in one of China’s largest cities, spoke volumes about the failures of leadership that Biden and his counterpart don’t care to own up to. But with spiraling inflation, ruined economies, and a food and energy crisis further exacerbated by a widening conflict in Europe, the consequences of the COVID War continue to reverberate the world over, quite loudly indeed.