House select committee on China set to hold first hearing
The Select Committee on Strategic Competition between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party will hold its first hearing Tuesday night in primetime. The bipartisan panel wants to show the public that the threat from China is not just overseas, it’s right here at home. They plan on doing that, in part, by talking about so-called police stations China set up in 100 countries around the world, including at least four in the United States. The Chinese Communist party uses those stations to crack down on dissidents abroad.
The Committee also wants to talk with companies like the NBA and Disney, that make a whole lot of money in China.
Gallagher: “But I think we can have a productive conversation with companies that have substantial business interests in China and we want to make sure that the power of the Chinese economy is not seducing certain companies into betraying American values.”
The witnesses for Tuesday’s hearing include retired General H.R. McMaster who served as former President Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor, and former Deputy National Security Advisor Matthew Pottinger.
Committee members say they don’t want this to become political, and they’ll work to ensure it remains bipartisan and unified.
REP. RAJA KRISHNAMOORTHI: “The Chinese Communist Party likes nothing better than to have divisions between Democrats and Republicans. In fact, their chief political theorist, a guy named Mr. Wang Huning has said that this is a huge weakness in America, that Democrats and Republicans don’t get along. And so we have to get over that to be effective.”
The Committee is expected to release a series of small reports about legislation they think can pass in a divided government. Straight Arrow News will continue to provide you with updates on this, so stick with us for unbiased, straight facts.