Over the past few decades, China has become a global economic and political power. While this rise has provided benefits to many countries, it has also created complex challenges. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is using its economic and military might to challenge the international order, flouting democratic values such as human rights, democracy, individual freedom, and the rule of law in the process. In this light, Congress must oppose China and it’s aggressive behavior.
The first and perhaps most critical reason Congress needs to oppose China is its human rights record. The CCP has systematically repressed ethnic and religious minorities, such as Uighur Muslims, in Xinjiang, and Tibetans. The government has detained millions of people without charge and subjected them to torture and political indoctrination. It has also cracked down on free speech, civil society, and the rule of law in Hong Kong. As a world leader in upholding democracy and human rights, the United States needs to lead the charge against such blatant violations.
Secondly, China’s non-transparent economic policies and predatory economic practices harm American interests. China has refused to play by the rules of the game, resorting to forced technology transfer, intellectual property theft, and massive state subsidies to dominant its high-tech industries. This has led to massive trade imbalances, undermining the United States’ long-term competitiveness and economic future. Congress must oppose China and articulate a counter-strategy that includes tactical economic pressure and incentives to U.S. allies to make sure China plays by the rules.
The third reason for concerns over China is the issue of national security. The CCP has been using its economic largesse to build up its military and establish control over the vital global supply chains. The government has been investing heavily in advanced technologies, such as artificial intelligence, 5G, and blockchain, which could be used to undermine U.S. military and economic interests. This has led to a growing concern that China is actively working to replace the United States as the preeminent global power.
In conclusion, the Chinese Communist Party’s behavior is a significant threat to U.S. national security interests, democratic values, and economic prosperity. Congress must oppose China and that includes human rights advocacy, economic pressure, defense modernization, and support for like-minded allies. The United States must act with a sense of urgency to protect its national security interests and uphold the international democratic order.