Only hours before President Trump accused Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his son Hunter of profiting off the sale of a Michigan auto parts company to a Chinese military conglomerate
, CNN's Jake Tapper asked Biden about his role in allowing China to gain favored nation status at the World Trade Organization in the 1990s.
JAKE TAPPER, CNN: Let me ask you about China. In 2011 when you were vice president you said, quote, "It is in our self-interest that China continue to prosper."
A lot of people think that allowing China into the World Trade Organization, which you supported, extending Most Favored Nation status to China, which you supported, that those steps allowed China to take advantage of the United States by using our own open trade deals against us. Do you think, in retrospect, you were naive about China?
JOE BIDEN: No, here is the thing.
In the context of that, we want China to grow. We don't want a war with China. I said to Xi Jinping, you may remember the president wanted me to spend time with him as vice president, he couldn't do it, so I traveled around the world with him.
He asked, why do you keep saying you're a Pacific power?
I said because we are. We are a Pacific power. If we weren't, you would not be able to have any stability at all. It's in our interest for China to be stable. It's not in our interest for China to take advantage of us.
What has Trump done? He poked his finger in the eye of the allies and embraced every autocrat in the world, we make up 25% of the world economy and we've lost all our friends. The way to keep China in line is to make two things clear. Insist we play by international rules.