I’ll be honest: The way Washington has hyperventilated over a Chinese spy balloon feels silly, and a little depressing, to me. Chinese, American, and Russian satellites orbit earth every day, carrying out intelligence gathering with incredible photographic precision. The balloon isn’t much different, yet it’s sparked an uproar that’s forced Secretary of State Antony Blinken to cancel his trip to Beijing.
That’s unfortunate. The U.S. needs to keep a dialog open with China, which is still one of our largest trading partners, on global issues like climate, even if parts of our relationship become tense. That was how American leaders approached the Soviet Union during the Cold War, yet I fear we’re losing the ability to manage such a complex diplomatic relationship. Semafor’s Morgan Chalfant has more on the politics of balloon-gate.
On other fronts, Shelby Talcott takes a deep dive into why Nikki Haley’s team thinks she might have a shot in the GOP primary. A daughter of Indian immigrants who had a successful run as governor of a major southern state and then a perch at the United Nations, she has a compelling life story. But is it the story the current GOP wants to hear?
Also, please join me for a virtual fireside chat with Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va. tomorrow at 10:45 AM on America’s economic and environmental priorities. You can sign up here.
PLUS, Kadia Goba has One Good Text with Senator Bill Cassidy, R-La. on the quickly spreading avian bird flu and whether America is ready or not for another pandemic.
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