Countering the Negative Influence of the Chinese Communist Party
China continues its efforts to destabilize and malign the United States and its allies. Republicans have taken the threat of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) seriously, creating the China Task Force to educate the American people and propose policy solutions to counter Chinese influence. Recent polling indicates that these efforts by Republicans are working. A new Pew Research study shows that 73 percent of Americans have an unfavorable view toward China today. More than three-quarters of Americans also place a great deal or fair amount of blame for the global spread of the Coronavirus on the CCP’s initial handling of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Despite this, Democrats have refused to work with Republicans on the China Task Force to hold the CCP accountable for their COVID-19 coverup and other behavior, including human rights abuses towards their Uighur population. The China Task Force was intended to be a bipartisan effort, but Democrats inexplicably backed out. Republicans, however, will continue to offer solutions. This includes H.R. 7938, the U.S. Information Abroad for Strategic Competition Act, which I have cosponsored. This legislation revitalizes the historic U.S. focus on countering our the CCP’s Marxist ideology and establishes a reimagined Active Measures Working Group to push back on their destructive propaganda. This effort will direct, empower, and provide accountability and metrics for long-term messaging campaigns to advance US values and interests.