House Committee Lays Out Case for China Threat

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The Facts

  • The US House Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party held its first hearing Tuesday, where it called for a concerted US government response to what it stated is Beijing's threat to US interests and values.

  • Committee members and high-profile witnesses spent more than three hours discussing issues such as espionage, human rights, the pandemic, Taiwan, TikTok, and trade with the aim of analyzing how the US can confront China's economic rise and authoritarian turn.

The Spin

Pro-establishment narrative

The hearing on Tuesday was a rare show of bipartisan agreement that highlighted the threat posed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to the very existence of the US and its most fundamental values. The development also confirmed the reversal of decades of wishful thinking that China would eventually be liberalized if it were integrated into the global order. Americans do not want a Cold War 2.0, but they must protect themselves and the free world.

Establishment-critical narrative

Though China is clearly neither an existential threat, nor an enemy to the US, the new Republican-led Congress is pushing for war through the establishment of a committee that is spreading fear and lies about Beijing. The world needs cooperation and peace, not more conflict.

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Establishment split



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