Have Democrats lost their minds?
Ahead of the scheduled meeting between President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping in San Francisco, there has been a notable response to videos circulating on social media showing Chinese flags being displayed in the streets. The meeting, set to take place during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, is considered a crucial step in re-establishing regular communication between the U.S. and China, with the aim of preventing an escalation in the rivalry between the two nations.
According to Newsweek, the encounter between Biden and Xi, the first face-to-face meeting in a year, is anticipated to address various issues, including but not limited to Taiwan, China’s economy, the Israel-Palestine conflict, and the Ukraine-Russia war. Attempts to obtain comments from the White House on these matters are currently pending.
Upon President Xi’s arrival, videos surfaced on social media depicting individuals with Chinese flags observing Xi’s motorcade. Some reactions on platforms like X (formerly Twitter) expressed dissatisfaction with the situation, with comments highlighting the abundance of Chinese flags in San Francisco and drawing comparisons between the receptions of Xi and Biden.
Criticism also extended to President Xi, with some commentators linking him to the release of a biological weapon and questioning the warm welcome extended by the Biden Administration.
The videos and subsequent reactions come in the midst of heightened tensions among Asian Americans, who engaged in protests and counter-protests in the days leading up to President Xi’s arrival in San Francisco. Conflicting demonstrations involving critics of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and China supporters occurred in the vicinity of the St. Regis hotel on Third Street.
Additionally, a banner denouncing the CCP flew over downtown San Francisco before President Xi’s arrival, organized by democracy activists and members of the Chinese diaspora.
President Xi’s visit to the United States, his first in six years, is part of his third overseas trip in 2023, and he is expected to stay in California until November 17.
Oh look, San Francisco turned into China for President Xi’s arrival.
Finally revealing it’s true colors. pic.twitter.com/G3WvGfRKnx
— Katie Daviscourt 🇺🇸 (@KatieDaviscourt) November 15, 2023