President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken have a message to the world: For the next three years, the United States will be the doormat for the world’s worst actors.

Their message most recently played out in two parts. First, Blinken declared that it was in China’s interest to cooperate with the U.S. on climate change because “to the extent that China cares about … how it’s seen in the world. It also needs to think about stepping up.”

Biden then called it “disappointing” that China, along with Russia, “basically didn’t show up” to the Group of 20 summit with commitments to address climate change. Incredibly, China seems not to care about “how it’s seen in the world” as much as Blinken had thought.

This isn’t surprising to anyone but Biden and Blinken. China is an authoritarian country where human rights abuses are rampant. It is denying that it is committing genocide against the Uyghurs, unapologetically crushing Hong Kong’s freedom, and threatening to conquer Taiwan. Through its lies and cover-ups, China started a global pandemic and is stifling any investigations into the origins of that pandemic. Of course it doesn’t care about “how it’s seen in the world” when it comes to climate change.

You might remember that this is the exact same line of thought that Blinken’s State Department trotted out with the Taliban. While the Taliban were walking all over Biden, carrying out executions and breaking commitment after commitment, Blinken meekly stated that “the Taliban seeks international legitimacy and support.”

It wasn’t true of the Taliban and it isn’t true of China either. China knows it doesn’t have to do much when it comes to climate change because Democrats are desperate to try and make a deal, as shown by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Biden’s climate envoy John Kerry shrugging off China’s genocide of the Uyghurs because they want to work with China on climate change.

Biden and Blinken are perfectly willing to let the world’s worst actors walk all over the U.S., offering no pushback outside of expressing their disappointment that totalitarian regimes don’t want to be their best friends. This is their idea of American leadership on the world stage, and it’s no surprise that it has accomplished nothing so far.