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Delegates applaud as Xi Jinping arrives for the closing session of China’s National People’s Congress Delegates applaud as Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives for the closing session of China’s National People's Congress in Beijing, May 28, 2020 (AP photo by Mark Schiefelbein).

Don’t Forget Beijing’s Role in America’s Hawkish Turn on China

Thursday, May 13, 2021

In the current age of extreme political polarization, it has become a cliché to observe that the only remaining bipartisan initiatives in Congress concern the naming of post offices. But in mid-April, a major bill sailed out of a Senate Foreign Relations Committee mark-up with near-unanimous support. Sen. Rand Paul, a Republican from Kentucky, cast the lone dissenting vote against the Strategic Competition Act, which would ramp up pressure on China on a variety of fronts, including military deterrence, economic competition and human rights.

Another draft law targeting China, the Endless Frontier Act, passed the Senate Commerce Committee this week by an overwhelming 24-4 vote. It would provide more than $110 billion in new funding over five years for research into a range of advanced technologies—like artificial intelligence, robotics and high-performance computing—where many U.S. officials fear Beijing is taking the lead. ...

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