Tuesday is scheduled to be the first hearing for the House Select Committee on the Strategic Competition between the U.S. and the Chinese Communist Party. The session will focus on the threat posed by the CCP.
The hearing will air live at 7 p.m. ET, putting a spotlight on how crucial the subject is to the Republican-controlled Congress.
Given the significance of maintaining a united front against China, the committee’s chairman, Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI), has attempted to keep the committee devoid of partisanship.
In an interview with the Washington Post on Sunday, Gallagher stated, “Our objective is to walk away from this with a clearer awareness of why the CCP is a concern and why someone who lives in Northeast Wisconsin or other regions across the nation should worry about that threat.”
The 200+ foot balloon that flew over the continent of the United States for more than four days, alarming American civilians and giving the Biden admin. a political headache, is one example of China’s monitoring operation that uses balloons.
The topic of discussion at the session is likely to be China’s escalating military aggression toward Taiwan. According to China, Taiwan is a portion of its territory that it is prepared to retake with force through the use of armed force.
In the meantime, the United States maintains a strong unofficial diplomatic relationship with Taiwan and has given it assistance in the form of arms shipments. Republicans are pressing the Biden government to arm Taiwan in order to prevent a Chinese invasion, which might involve the U.S. in a military battle.
The hearing will likely focus heavily on the U.S. economy’s vulnerability and the need to somewhat decouple it from China, as well as the possibility that China might provide Russia with lethal assistance in its conflict with Ukraine, which would prolong the conflict and probably lead to the U.S. providing more economic and lethal aid to Ukraine.
Two former officials from the Trump administration, a Chinese human rights activist , and the president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing will all be present at the first hearing.
Matthew Pottinger, a former member of the National Security Council who oversaw Asia strategy, and Ret. Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, a former national security adviser, are the two former members of the Trump administration.
In addition, Scott Paul, the head of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, and Tong Yi, a Chinese human rights activist who spent 2.5 years in prison for her work with the Chinese dissident Wei Jingsheng, will testify at the hearing. Democrats, according to Gallagher, added Paul to the list of witnesses, the Post reported.
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