“Russia is a problem. China is a crisis.”
Former acting Director of National Intelligence Ric Grenell uttered those words on Fox Business News’ show, “Evening Edit,” on Wednesday night.
Many House Republicans agree with that assessment and are very concerned about the weakness that President Joe Biden and members of his administration have projected toward China.
The country’s leaders are laser-focused on their dream of world domination and, like our own Democratic Party, will do whatever is necessary to achieve it.
GOP lawmakers have introduced a number of bills this week intended to stem the CCP’s influence in the U.S. The purpose of this proposed legislation is to expose Biden’s and the Democrats’ unwillingness to defy China. Republicans will be watching to see which members of Congress support the measures and which do not.
At the helm of this campaign is Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), the chairman of the Republican Study Committee.
Banks told Breitbart News on Tuesday, “The Biden administration has lifted almost every single tough action the Trump Administration took on China and has already demonstrated a clear pattern of going back to the tried and failed strategy of supporting China’s rise.”
“It’s not enough to compete with China, we must continue President Trump’s approach to confront China,” Banks said. “The Chinese Communist Party is not a partner, it’s the greatest threat to the U.S. and worldwide freedom and prosperity, and if we fail to treat them as such, we will reap severe consequences.”
Biden had a lengthy call with Chinese President Xi Jinping of China last week. The White House readout of the call tells us very little about the substance of their conversation.
It reads (in part): “President Biden underscored his fundamental concerns about Beijing’s coercive and unfair economic practices, crackdown in Hong Kong, human rights abuses in Xinjiang, and increasingly assertive actions in the region, including toward Taiwan.”
This one-sentence description doesn’t exactly inspire confidence that Biden stood up to the Chinese dictator on these issues.
In fact, Biden’s words about this call at the CNN town hall in Milwaukee on Tuesday night sounded as if he were giving Xi a pass for his government’s actions in Hong Kong and Taiwan, as well as its brutal treatment of the Uighurs in western China.
He said, “Culturally there are different norms in each country, and their leaders are expected to follow.”
Banks’ committee has put together a six-page memo* which compares the policies and actions of the Biden administration toward China to those of the Trump administration, and sets off warning bells.
(* Inexplicably, the six-page memo can be viewed in Google Chrome, but not in Safari.)
The memo warns that “the Biden team so far has exhibited a pattern of weakness, and a return to Obama’s failed approach of engaging rather than holding China accountable for it’s bad behavior. The Obama administration mistakenly viewed China and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) as a partner to solve international issues it deemed pressing, such as climate change, rather than a malign foreign adversary seeking to reorient the world order in its authoritarian image that must be confronted.”
The memo criticizes some of the executive orders Biden has already signed that are clearly not in America’s best interest.
Biden has rejoined the World Health Organization, even though the agency deceived the U.S. about the origins of the coronavirus.
The document includes a list of top Biden Administration officials and identifies their links to the CCP, or past sympathetic statements they’ve made about the CCP.
On Thursday, the same day he introduced five new bills (out of an expected 17 from the committee) aimed at China, Banks issued a news release that said, “China is our foremost military adversary, but it also seeks to infiltrate our economy, universities, digital infrastructure and intelligence agencies. Congress should be focused on safeguarding each of these American institutions from the Chinese regime.”
According to a press release on Banks’ website, the bills include:
Stop Funding the PLA Act: Prevents U.S. investments from flowing to China’s military industrial base by requiring a Treasury Department-led effort to produce a list of PLA-linked companies in which American U.S. individuals, entities, companies, banks and financial institutions cannot invest.
Placing restrictions on acquisitions by the People’s Republic of China: Empowers the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS): The body responsible for reviewing national security implications of foreign investments in U.S. companies or operations – to prevent predatory investments of American companies by the Chinese government.
Online Consumer Protection Act: Prohibits the download of an application or software from a country that poses a national security risk to the United States without first acknowledging a warning about the application or software’s source nation.
Safe Career Transitions for Intelligence and National Security Professionals Act: Restricts the ability of national security professionals to work for certain foreign-government backed organizations for five years after a position which required a security clearance.
Protect Our Universities Act: Prevents foreign espionage against our country’s most sensitive academic research by requiring the Department of Education to create and lead an interagency task force and requires that students from adversarial nations to apply for a waiver granted by the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) to participate in sensitive research projects funded by the Department of Defense, Intelligence Community, and Department of Energy.
“The Biden administration’s approach to China,” the memo stated, “reflects much of the failed policies, and failed team, of the Obama administration, which saw China not as a competitor, but a nation that could be engaged on a whole host of issues from climate change to global development.”
Democrats overlook the fact that China has become far more dangerous since the Obama years.And finally, the memo came back to what they knew all along.
“The CCP is seeking to fundamentally reorder the international system in its image based on Communist authoritarianism. The U.S. cannot afford to return to leading from behind and the failed policies of the past.”
Elizabeth is the founder and editor of The American Crisis. She is also a contract writer at The Western Journal and a previous contributor to RedState, The Dan Bongino Show, and The Federalist. Her articles have appeared on HotAir, Instapundit, RealClearPolitics, MSN and other sites. Elizabeth is a wife, a mom to three grown children, and several beloved golden retrievers and a grandmother!