Biden admin slammed for ending Trump-era ‘China initiative’ amid Russia-Ukrainian war: ’emboldens enemies’

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FIRST ON FOX: Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt criticizes Biden’s Department of Justice (DOJ) for shutting down his ‘China initiative’ amid the Russia-Ukraine war, which he says projects weakness toward enemies from America.

Schmitt, who is in a crowded primary race to succeed retired GOP Senator Roy Blunt, sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland on Tuesday warning that the Biden administration’s decision to end the initiative is dangerous and detrimental to the national security of the United States.

“The world is a dangerous place and freedom is not preserved with appeasement and political correctness,” says Schmitt’s letter obtained exclusively by Fox News Digital. “This move by President Biden and his top leadership projects weakness, emboldens our enemies, makes our country less secure, and endangers the personal safety of every American citizen.”

Last month, the DOJ announced that it was ending its “China Initiative” which aimed to prevent espionage by the Chinese Communist Party and to launch a new “broader approach”.

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The China Initiative was launched in 2018 under the former Trump administration to protect US national security from Chinese spying on US intellectual property and academia. The initiative aimed to “identify and prosecute those involved in trade secret theft, hacking and economic espionage”, as well as to “protect our critical infrastructure from external threats through foreign direct investment and supply chain compromises”.

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt speaks during a news conference outside the Supreme Court in Washington, DC, U.S., Monday, Sept. 9, 2019. A group of 50 attorneys general have launched a broad investigation to find out whether Alphabet Inc.’s advertising practices violate antitrust laws. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
(Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Attorney General Merrick Garland and the Biden administration had come under pressure from activists and professors at some universities during the effort. They said it harmed the United States’ competitiveness in research and disproportionately targeted people because of their race.

However, Schmitt called Garland’s actions “misguided attempts to play politics when real threats loom on the horizon undermine our nation’s security.”

“[Top] leaders from the White House to senior military commanders continue to weaken our readiness by pandering to radical elements on the political left. Rather than training to confront and defeat our enemies, these leaders are pushing radical wokism and critical race theory,” he said, also pointing to the public list of threats and espionage efforts Biden administration by the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

“The PRC is driven by a virulent communist ideology with its fundamental disregard for the rights of every individual. Add to this that the PRC is actively bolstering its military with increasingly advanced weapon systems. This, coupled with its nuclear capabilities , leaves no doubt that the PRC poses a threat unlike any other in the current geopolitical makeup of the world,” Schmitt says.

It also highlights China’s aggressive attitude towards the Taiwanese people.

Attorney General Merrick Garland speaks about a jury's verdict in the case against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd, at the Justice Department, Wednesday, April 21, 2021 in Washington.  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)

Attorney General Merrick Garland speaks about a jury’s verdict in the case against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd, at the Justice Department, Wednesday, April 21, 2021 in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)

Schmitt also told Fox News Digital during an interview with the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) last week that he called it a “bad decision” in a series of recent mistakes by the DOJ.

“We have to see China for what it is: our biggest threat economically, militarily. FBI on parents showing up at local school board meetings under the auspices of the PATRIOT Act. And so I think we have to continue to be tough on China.

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He continued, “I am the attorney general who filed a lawsuit against Communist China for unleashing the coronavirus on the world. And so we have to keep that in mind every day.”

In 2020, Schmitt led Missouri to become the first state to sue the Chinese government for severe economic losses early in the coronavirus pandemic.

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The DOJ did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment on Schmitt’s letter.

Fox News’ Aubrie Spady and Andrew Mark Miller contributed to this report.

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