Oh yes. They co-opt then debase everything and anything that people value--freedom, democracy, human rights, environmentalism, you name it.
I see Bernhard is in fine form:
Under the Trump administration the U.S. launched a trade war against China. It started with various tariffs on Chinese products. The Biden administration topped that by using the flimsy pretext of alleged 'forced labor' in Xinjiang to make it more difficult to import goods from China. This contradicted Biden's plan for climate change as nearly all solar panels are made from raw materials found in Xinjiang. The trade war continued with the chip war against China's technological progress.
The tariffs and restriction run counter to the World Trade Agreement which the U.S. is increasingly willing to ignore.
The administration has now developed a new scheme that will use the pretext of climate change to wage an economic war against China's and other countries' steel and aluminum industries. To be more effective it is trying to get the European Union on board:
The Biden administration on Wednesday sent a proposal to the European Union suggesting the creation of an international consortium that would promote trade in metals produced with less carbon emissions, while imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum from China and elsewhere, according to a copy viewed by The New York Times.
The proposed group, known as the Global Arrangement on Sustainable Steel and Aluminum, would wield the power of American and European markets to try to bolster domestic industries in a way that also mitigated climate change. To do so, member countries would jointly impose a series of tariffs against metals produced in environmentally harmful ways.
This is clearly not a policy to mitigate climate change but to limit free trade to the advantage of domestic industries.
The target of this effort is obviously China:
Let's see what Brian Berletic has said recently about this. He's put up many videos about China. Here's something from two days ago: