[The Epoch Times, November 15, 2023]On Wednesday (November 15), the day before the meeting between the leaders of the United States and China, Jim Risch, a senior member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Affairs Committee and Republican Senator from Idaho ( Jim Risch and more than 20 Republican senators jointly issued a statement (see here), calling on the United States not to throw any “economic lifeline” to the CCP, and at the same time to “not give in an inch of ground” on the Taiwan issue.
The statement urged that if the Biden administration believes that economic cooperation can stabilize U.S.-China relations, it is tantamount to being deceived by the CCP. “President Biden’s planned meeting with Xi Jinping is a clear message that this administration attaches great importance to relations with the CCP. )’s economic restart is placed above U.S. national security interests, and the administration believes that strong economic ties will stabilize the entire U.S.-China relationship — which is completely wrong, and that’s exactly what the Chinese Communist Party wants us to believe.”
There is no “healthy” economic competition between the United States and China, they wrote, “after decades of rampant intellectual property theft, massive subsidies to critical industries, and coercion of U.S. and international companies.” , anyone who casually observes should see this reality clearly.”
“The United States should not provide Xi Jinping with any kind of economic lifeline after he has made a mess of China’s economy,” the Republican senators wrote, adding that the Chinese Communist Party “not only wants to harm America’s national security, but also wants to undermine our economic prosperity. For China, it makes no difference. The Biden administration’s belief that we can still change China — that’s a notion that is divorced from reality.”
Republican senators also criticized President Biden for agreeing to meet with Xi Jinping without China releasing detained Americans or making any commitments regarding fentanyl.
The statement concluded by emphasizing the importance of the U.S.’s “Taiwan policy.” “It is crucial that Biden and his administration remain uncompromising on U.S. policy toward Taiwan… Nothing compares to ensuring that Taiwan has the resources to deter China.” The capabilities and training required for aggression are more urgent, related to U.S. national and economic security interests and the future of the entire Indo-Pacific region.”
Republican senators who signed Senator Risch’s statement include: Bill Hagerty from Tennessee, Chuck Grassley from Iowa, Thom Tillis of Carolina, Kevin Cramer of Dakota State, Ted Cruz of Texas, Montana Steve Daines from Alaska, Dan Sullivan from Alaska, Katie Britt from Alabama, Rick from Florida ‧Rick Scott, John Hoeven from North Dakota;
There are also Marsha Blackburn from Tennessee, Deb Fischer from Nebraska, Lindsey Graham from South Carolina Graham, Ted Budd from North Carolina, Marco Rubio from Florida, Pete Ricketts from Nebraska ), John Cornyn from Texas, Eric Schmitt from Missouri, John Barrasso from Wyoming, Mississippi Roger Wicker from South Carolina and Tim Scott from South Carolina.
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