House Lawmakers Launch “China Task Force”

They will look at breadth of China’s influence in U.S.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced the formation of a “China Task Force” to coordinate a strategy against the geopolitical threat from Beijing.

The new group will be a clearinghouse to set priorities, gather information, and coordinate approaches to the threat coming from China, including dealing with legislation. They will look at China’s influence in the U.S., its efforts to take over international organizations, supply chains and more, along with China’s role in the initial outbreak of the coronavirus.

“All these issues existed prior to the virus and they just continue to grow in importance,” McCarthy said. “The rest of America and the rest of the world has woken up to this and now we’ve got to do something about it.”

Both parties have been united in seeing the coronavirus threat as an urgent challenge needed to be dealt with and have passed a series of major bills to deal with the crisis, but it is Republicans who have placed an emphasis on the Chinese origins of the virus, McCarthy said. Democrats had earlier opted out of the task force project, although McCarthy said they are still welcome to join.

Representative Michael McCaul of Texas will serve as the chairman, with members including Mike Gallagher of Wisconsin, Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Elise Stefanik of New York.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the legislators in the newly formed China Task Force and their mission.
  • About U.S.-China relations and how trade negotiations have been affected by the lack of Chinese transparency on the coronavirus.

Sources: Washington Post, Fox News


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