Democrats in the US Senate on Thursday (September 17) announced plans to deal with Chinese influence, revealing a bill of spending $ 350 million to boost US competitiveness and determine the reestablish diplomatic efforts through international organizations such as the World Health Organization.
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The above plan is backed by 11 Democrats, including Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer. The plan was announced by Democrats shortly before a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on how to deal with China.
Republican Senator Jim Risch, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he hopes the two parties will work together to draft a proposal that includes ideas for a bipartisan plan.
“This is an American problem. This is not a partisan issue“, Mr. Risch said during the hearing. At the meeting, US State Department officials responded to China’s global influence and one official called Beijing “lawless bully“.
Sen. Bob Menendez, a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and leader of the Democratic Party’s China response, said he looks forward to working with Republican colleagues. “to promote a strong, solidarity and bipartisan approach“On this issue.
The Democratic Party’s “LEADS 2020 Act” seeks to provide new resources to the US education system, and reaffirms “US commitment to allies around the world and the Indo-Pacific region, especially Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Australia, Thailand, as well as key partners such as Taiwan and ASEAN“.
The Democratic Party bill also proposes strengthening trade enforcement measures and emphasizing human rights issues with China such as protests in Hong Kong and the treatment of Uyghurs in Xinjiang.
Tensions between China and the United States have escalated during the Trump administration, because President Donald Trump’s “America First” policies require reciprocal trade. Moreover, tensions continued to mount after the emergence of the corona virus epidemic and Beijing’s introduction of the National Security Law in Hong Kong undermined the law and the high autonomy of the former British colony.
President Trump’s re-election campaign on August 23 also announced a list of “core priorities“For the second term of the president. One of the most important foreign policy themes will be “cease to depend on China“, Including the goal of bringing one million manufacturing jobs back to the US.
Mr Trump’s policies also suggest tax relief and allow “deduct 100% of expenses for essential industries such as pharmaceuticals and robots“To encourage US-based manufacturing companies.
Nhu Ngoc (According to Epoch Times, Reuters)