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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenIowa Poll: Most likely caucus goers wish several or most candidates would drop out Iowa Poll: Most likely caucus goers wish several or most candidates would drop out Meghan McCain: 'I feel slighted as a conservative' by Biden flip-flop on Hyde Amendment MORE on Tuesday called China a "serious challenge" and threat, marking a drastic change from his remarks on the foreign powerlast month.
"We are in a competition with China, We need to get tough with China. They are a serious challenge to us, and in some areas a real threat," Biden said Tuesday at a presidential campaign event in Iowa.
“China is going to eat our lunch? Come on, man...they can’t even figure out how to deal with the fact that they have this great division between the China Sea and the mountains in the east, I mean in the west," Biden said in May.
Biden's reversal follows blowback from commentators. Asia security analyst Gordon Change criticized Biden's earlier comment dismissing a threat from China, telling The Hill Biden was "absolutely incorrect."
In his speech on Tuesday, Biden didn't just make an off-hand reversal, he took time to talk about the Chinese threat, "because it's important" and took aim at President TrumpDonald John TrumpTop Armed Services Republican plots push for 0B defense budget Amash exits House Freedom Caucus in wake of Trump impeachment stance Amash exits House Freedom Caucus in wake of Trump impeachment stance MORE's policies toward the country.
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