Leaders of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee have introduced new legislation to boost the country’s ability to resist China’s expanding global influence by promoting human rights, providing security assistance and investing in counter-terrorism.
The draft, entitled The Strategic Competition Act of 2021, replaces the image of the Democrats and Republicans in Congress for their tough stance on dealing with China, and has ordered diplomatic and strategic initiatives to deter Beijing.
US President Joe Biden has continued to take a hard line against China after launching a trade war against former President Donald Trump for treating the United States as unjust, a long-denied claim by Beijing.
At the time of announcing its $ 2-trillion-plus Infrastructure On Wednesday’s spending plan, Beadon referred to it as an investment in U.S. global competition, especially China vs. what’s going on, he said.
“Do you think the rest of the world is waiting? Do you think China is almost waiting? Biden asked verbally.
“They’re not waiting, but they’re counting on American democracy to be too slow, too limited, and too divided to keep pace.”
The 260-page bill, first published by Reuters on Thursday, calls for economic competition with China, but also refers to humanitarian and democratic values, such as banning the behavior of minority Muslim Uighurs and supporting Hong Kong’s democracy.
It “emphasized the need to prioritize military investment necessary to achieve US political goals in the Indo-Pacific Ocean.” It called on the fund to do so, saying Congress must ensure that the federal budget is “properly linked” to the strategic need to compete with China.
The bill proposes a total of ৫ 55 million in foreign military funding for the region from 2022 to 20226, and a total of 4 50,450 million for the Indo-Pacific Maritime Security Initiative and related programs for the same period.
It will expand the scope of the Committee on Foreign Investment (CFIUS) in the United States, which will investigate financial transactions for potential national security risks. However, like many provisions of the bill, this clause can be changed as it passes through the committee and the full Senate.
The draft law called for an expanded partnership with Taiwan, calling the island “an important part of the US Indo-Pacific strategy” and saying there should be no restrictions on US officials’ contact with Taiwanism. China considers Taiwan an isolated province.
The bill goes on to say that Washington must encourage Beijing to do more about working together on “aggressive and decisive” weapons control.
The committee’s Democratic chairman, Senator Bob Menendez, and Zari Rich, a senior member of the Minority Congressional or State Legislative Committee, introduced the draft bill, which was released overnight for committee members to allow markup, during which the panel will discuss amendments and votes on April 14.
“I am confident that this effort has the necessary support to be approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee next week and its full Senate soon,” Menendez said in a statement.
Rich said in a statement that he was also satisfied that the bill included “strong and effective” plans to combat Chinese influence efforts in U.S. universities.
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Call U.S. universities warned in December to help China and students verify that Beijing was ready to steal innovations.
Pompeo also said Americans may welcome Chinese Chinese who “really” want to study in the country, but pointed to two cases involving Chinese students who were accused of spying and harassing Beijing students abroad.
There is China Accused The United States has “monitored, harassed and deliberately detained” Chinese students and researchers.
The Senate move is a speedy effort announced in February by Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to pass legislation to deal with China.
“Congress is ultimately focused on the various challenges that China has posed to American interests and is working to develop effective responses within its scope,” said Bonnie Glazer, an expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies Asia.
The Senate Commerce Committee will hold a April 14 hearing on its bilateral measure, the Endless Border Act, to further strengthen the U.S. semiconductor industry.