A congressional reassessment of American coverage towards China is predicted to get below manner in earnest early subsequent month.
In a 365-65 vote, the U.S. House of Representatives handed a decision Tuesday making a particular Select Committee on China. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has tapped Republican Representative Mike Gallagher to chair the committee’s work.
“Lots of people have an interest. I spoke to the Republican caucus this morning, and lots of people have expressed curiosity. I’m optimistic that we will have a reasonably severe group of members with a broad vary of expertise that is related to the problems we’re dealing with proper now,” Gallagher stated in an interview with VOA Mandarin.
Gallagher advised VOA the committee expects to carry its first listening to in early to mid-February and can comprise a bipartisan group of lawmakers.
“The Democrats who have expressed interest in joining me are people I respect and have experience that would be a good fit for this committee,” he stated.
White House response
The White House stated Wednesday it regarded ahead to working with Democrats and Republicans on the committee relating to a problem that may be a prime precedence for the administration.
“Under President Biden we are more prepared to outcompete China, protect our national security and advance a free and open Indo-Pacific than ever before,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre stated.
In a flooring speech forward of the vote, McCarthy stated, “We spent many years passing insurance policies that welcomed China into the worldwide system. In return, China has exported oppression, aggression and anti-Americanism. Today, the facility of its navy and financial system are rising on the expense of freedom and democracy worldwide.”
McCarthy stated the committee will probably be scrutinizing insurance policies that needs to be modified.
“It didn’t start under this administration, but the current administration has clearly made it worse. Their policies have weakened our economy and made us more vulnerable to threats from the CCP,” he stated, referring to the Chinese Communist Party. “But here’s the good news — there is bipartisan consensus that the era of trusting Communist China is over.”
A spokesperson for China’s Foreign Ministry had a muted response Wednesday to the creation of the committee. Wang Wenbin advised reporters at a routine information convention that he hopes U.S. politicians will view relations with Beijing “in an objective and rational way” and can work on insurance policies benefiting each international locations.
A commentary revealed Wednesday within the state-backed Global Times newspaper took a extra skeptical view, accusing the committee of getting a “strong ideological undertone” and anxious it might stoke “anti-China public opinion.”
The new speaker stated the thought for a bipartisan committee to analyze all points of the U.S. relationship with China — from economics to COVID-19 — got here to him whereas on a diplomatic journey commemorating the seventy fifth anniversary of the D-Day invasion, a key turning level in World War II.
The decision creating the committee handed with important help from Democrats.
“House Democrats will work in a serious, sober and strategic manner to evaluate our relationship with the Chinese government and to address the rise of authoritarianism globally,” stated Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries in an announcement after the vote. “House Democrats will firmly speak out against xenophobic rhetoric and conspiracy theories should this committee devolve into extreme MAGA Republican talking points that further anti-Asian hate crimes in this country.”
Jeffries succeeded former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi as chief of House Democrats at the beginning of the 118th Congress.
In an announcement Tuesday, House Foreign Affairs Chairman Michael McCaul stated the committee would construct on the work undertaken by Republicans throughout the 117th Congress on the House China Task Force.
“The Republican House is laser-focused on the CCP as an existential threat to our nation,” he stated. “The select committee is also an opportunity for House Democrats to finally join bipartisan efforts to counter the CCP, which they declined to do on the China Task Force.”
VOA Mandarin journalist Yi-Hua Lee contributed to this report.