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WASHINGTON—A newly formed House committee dedicated to investigating economic competition between the United States and China will hold its first hearings on Tuesday night to hold Beijing accountable for recent national security breaches. concludes a day of operations at the Capitol aimed at
A special committee on the strategic competition between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party was formed in January, shortly after the Republicans won a majority in the House of Representatives. Its first event, scheduled for primetime at 7 p.m. ET, comes as members of the House and Senate renew their interest in China after the United States shot down a Chinese Communist Party surveillance balloon earlier this month. It is done in
Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wisconsin) (C), chairman of the House Select Committee on Strategic Competition between the U.S. and the Chinese Communist Party, with Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-New York) (left) ) and Majority Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) attend a post-Republican caucuses press conference at the Republican National Committee’s office on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 28, 2023.
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Rep. Mike Gallagher, chairman of the committee, said the hearing was: spotlight human rights.
“We may call this a ‘strategic race,’ but this is not a courteous tennis match,” said Gallagher of the Wisconsin Election Commission at the opening, according to a transcript seen before the hearing. “This is an existential struggle for what life will be like in the 21st century, with the most basic freedoms at stake.”
One example is the US government’s targeting of the popular social media platform TikTok. The House Foreign Relations Committee on Monday announced plans to push ahead with legislation that would give the president the power to ban the Chinese-owned app of TikTok, which boasts more than one billion active users, in the United States.
TikTok has been in lawmakers’ sights since 2020, when former President Donald Trump suggested using executive powers to ban the app over security concerns.
The Biden administration also sanctioned six Chinese aerospace companies that support the country’s military balloon program after U.S. forces shot down a Chinese spy balloon that drifted across the United States about a month ago.
Gallagher and Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Ill., Ranking Member of the Election Commission, called a balloon In a joint statement, “violation of American sovereignty.”
The administration’s move prompted the advancement of several bills designed to strengthen US national security against China. Seven of the 10 bills passed by the House Financial Services Committee on Tuesday concerned China or its neighbor Taiwan. Bills must pass through the House and Senate in full to become law, but the volume and speed of anti-China bills moving through the House shows the growing chasm between Washington and Beijing.
A House panel approved the following bill on Tuesday.
The Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs also questioned witnesses on Tuesday about advancing US national security through sanctions and export controls.
“The Chinese government has made its objective clear: to dominate advanced technology and global strategic supply chains,” said Sen. said in a statement. “The CCP’s civil-military integration policy erases the boundaries between commercial and military uses of finished products and the technologies used for them.”
Gallagher will repeat those statements at Tuesday night’s hearing.
“The CCP took advantage of our honesty while laughing at our naivety,” Gallagher says of previous economic approaches by the United States. Or steer us into submission. “
Matthew Pottinger, former US Deputy National Security Advisor. Former US National Security Advisor HR McMaster. Yong Ti, a Chinese human rights advocate; Scott Paul, chairman of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, will testify at the hearing.