Biden: 'Name one innovative product' from China
May 28th, 2014
02:48 PM ET
4 months ago

Biden: 'Name one innovative product' from China

(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden blasted China on Wednesday in a speech about foreign policy, arguing the country hasn't produced anything innovative.

"China-and it's true - is graduating six to eight times as many scientists and engineers as we have. But I challenge you, name me one innovative project, one innovative change, one innovative product that has come out of China," the vice president said forcefully.

His comments came in a commencement ceremony at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. The vice president stressed that the country's record on human rights has stymied its progress on other fronts, like innovation.

Biden recalled that during the 90s, there was growing concern Japan would become a major threat and economic competitor–"that Japan was the future," he said.

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Then, he said, people started saying the same thing about China. That's when he made his remark that even though China is producing more scientists, they aren't producing innovative products.

"And I want Japan to succeed as I do China," he continued. "But give me a break."

The vice president has argued in the past that China struggles with innovation.

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When he visited the country in December, he urged young students at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing to challenge the status quo, saying "innovation can only occur where you can breathe free."

It's an argument he has brought to Chinese President Xi Jinping, as well.

"Everyone who made their way to America in the first instance came because their human rights were not being totally valued," Biden said he told the Chinese president. "It's stamped into the DNA of America."

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He has also talked about what he sees as a lack of Chinese innovation during trips to Iowa in 2012. At Iowa State University, he told students that China is "not innovating."

Other themes from Biden's speech Wednesday echoed President Obama's same-day address on foreign policy at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

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As the combat mission in Afghanistan comes to a close, Biden told the graduates that they're still entering a world of obstacles.

"As we end an era of war, your mission may be different, but you will face challenges no less formidable and complex. Your work will be every bit as vital and we badly need you," he said.

"The poet Thoreau said, 'A bluebird carries the whole sky on his back.' Well you are Falcons, and you carry America on your back," he continued. "You carry America on your back. And America will have your back forever."


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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    Poison toothpaste and the self-collapsing crib!!! Innovation!!!

    May 28, 2014 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    Even the slave labor isn't an innovation....and given our country's history, it's of no surprise that our corporations love it to death.

    May 28, 2014 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  3. it must be said

    Ahhhh hey Crazy Joe, don't go ticking off and insulting the country that is financing Obama's massive yearly deficits.

    May 28, 2014 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  4. Plugs MacKenzie, AKA Crazy Joe, AKA Joe Biden

    I can't believe this guy is VP. It is scary to think if anything happened to Obama, this nit wit is next in line.

    May 28, 2014 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  5. Charles

    Although not a "product," but their average annual GDP growth of almost 10 percent over the last ten years is quite an accomplishment...

    May 28, 2014 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  6. Donna

    I think Joe Biden is trying to tick the Chinese off so they don't fund Hillary's campaign like they funded Bill's. Joe, you sly devil you!

    May 28, 2014 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  7. Fair is Fair

    "The poet Thoreau said, 'A bluebird carries the whole sky on his back.' Well you are Falcons, and you carry America on your back," he continued. "You carry America on your back. And America will have your back forever."
    ---------–
    Unless, of course, you need treatment at a VA facility. Then, not so much.

    May 28, 2014 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  8. Greg In Arkansas

    "one innovative project".....Chinese checkers...??

    May 28, 2014 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  9. Rick McDaniel

    They don't have to innovate.......they get to make everything anyway.

    May 28, 2014 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  10. Fair is Fair

    Moo Goo Gai Pan
    Chicken in Garlic Sauce
    Kung Po Chicken

    I could go on and on.....

    May 28, 2014 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  11. TONE

    Plugs MacKenzie, AKA Crazy Joe, AKA Joe Biden

    I can't believe this guy is VP. It is scary to think if anything happened to Obama, this nit wit is next in line.

    Sarah palin/John mccain would have been awesome choices to run this country? no republican politician has Joe biden's credentials, and what is more scary is a republican becoming president.

    May 28, 2014 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  12. Thomas

    Noodles !

    Joe , please don't run for President .

    And please don;t type cast people into there Nationalistic regions using race . by doing so your discrediting what america stands for , for all people . Don't feed Nationalism , not in China , not in Russia , it's dangerous .

    May 28, 2014 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  13. Thomas

    And Joe ,

    When America has a high speed rail train , let me know .

    May 28, 2014 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  14. S.B. Stein

    If we here in the US would keep the patents and secure our intellectual property (keep it from being hacked and taken as an example) and not sell for the short term profit, then we would be much better off. We need to do the research and keep the technology here and only sell parts of it as a finished product.

    May 28, 2014 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  15. turd cruzin

    Right because the gop would never choose China over the USA, oh waif a minute, never mind, they are pumping big money into Republican superpacs, more jobs to China, the gop promised jobs and there they go.

    May 28, 2014 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  16. Gurgyl

    Don't buy any stuff Mede outside of USA. American Made goods to reduce prices too.

    May 28, 2014 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  17. Peter

    modern E-Cig is invented in China. The current world's lighest material are invented in China. That's already two Joe. Being ignorant as commenters are understable, but on a presidential level however, is not.

    May 28, 2014 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  18. O'drama ya Mama

    Fair is Fair

    Moo Goo Gai Pan
    Chicken in Garlic Sauce
    Kung Po Chicken

    I could go on and on.....
    May 28, 2014 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
    _________________________________________________________________________________________________

    Do you really think the Chinese food you get at your local take out is what they are eating in China? That is Chinese food with an American twist.

    May 28, 2014 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  19. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    @Donna, Fair, and Rick:

    I'm not surprised you'd knock our VPOTUS. It's what the GOP does best: bloviate. Maybe it is time you all calm the bleep down and get over that Barack Hussein Obama is POTUS.

    May 28, 2014 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |