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Kinzinger Op-Ed to Push Back on China’s Aggression

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Washington, July 20, 2020 | Maura Gillespie (2022253635) | comments
Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) recently penned an op-ed for his Medium page arguing that the United States needs to start pushing back on the Communist China Party (CCP) with bold action.
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Washington, DC – Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) recently penned an op-ed for his Medium page arguing that the United States needs to start pushing back on the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) with bold action, especially when it comes to our supply chain vulnerabilities. As a member of the House China Task Force, Congressman Kinzinger is keenly aware of the ways the CCP has encroached on the American way of life through their cyber threats, stealing of intellectual property, counterfeit products, and more.

The U.S. economy depends on American ingenuity and innovation, and now as we continue to battle the coronavirus, which originated in China and the Chinese government withheld vital information about the disease, Congressman Kinzinger makes the case for why the United States must immediately push back on their threats and the CCP aggression.

Below is an excerpt from the op-ed with links provided to the full Medium post.

Pushing Back on China Requires BOLD Action—And Now”

| By: Adam Kinzinger | July 17, 2020 | Medium.com |

The United States can no longer view China simply as an economic competitor. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has evolved into a clear and present national security threat that must be addressed now. This reality took some time to sink in, but the coronavirus pandemic, which has left over 100,000 Americans dead and tens of millions suffering financial hardship, has removed all doubt.

 Since discovering the virus in Wuhan, the CCP silenced doctors and scientists trying to sound the alarms, shut down social media across the country, and threatened to withhold lifesaving drugs from the world. These actions, combined with their latest infringement upon Hong Kong’s special status determining its self-governance, demonstrate how the CCP’s authoritarian system threatens the free world.

As the spread of the coronavirus accelerated, we quickly came to understand just how vulnerable our supply chains had become. Our global dependence on China’s labor market allowed the CCP to consolidate critical manufacturing sectors.

 

In the last six months, China has shifted its diplomatic focus from an outwardly passive strategy to a more aggressive diplomacy to consolidate power and use all of their supply chain tools to maintain political influence around the world. The United States must take an active role in protecting critical supply infrastructure for us and our allies. We can’t have one country hold the entire world hostage because of a key component in a cell phone, a rare mineral for a drug, or the limited manufacturing capacity for a chemical used to clean water.

Accordingly, the U.S. must act—on our own and with our allies—to attract investment and regionalize our supply chains. Our focus should support directing various types of assistance to nations in our hemisphere, including diplomatic and political support to strengthen legal and regulatory environments. We should work to establish economic opportunity zones to attract new investment, promote business development, and enhance regional supply chains. In doing so, we would give priority to projects essential to U.S. national interests, as well as those that help us shore up our Strategic National Stockpiles, raise living standards, and increase job opportunities.

 “The United States must lead by creating economic prosperity and social development—not only for the American people, but for all freedom-loving individuals in our hemisphere and around the world. This is not about nationalism versus globalism. Rather, this is about executing a strategy that places economic freedom first so that we may usher in a new century of prosperity and relative peace.

America did not become a beacon of hope by people who sat back in the misguided belief that things would just magically get better. It took the sacrifices of generations before us to risk it all for the greater good. And now, it is our generation’s moment to do the same.”

 

Please visit the Congressman’s Medium page here to read the entire op-ed. And all of the Congressman’s op-eds can be found on his website here.

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