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VIDEO: JOHNSON BRIEFS CHINA TASK FORCE ON RSC'S NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY

Jul 1, 2020
Press Release
Plan recommends toughest sanctions on CCP ever proposed by Congress

 

WASHINGTON – Republican Study Committee (RSC) Chairman Mike Johnson (LA-04) today briefed the House Republican China Task Force on The RSC National Security Strategy (click here to view the full report), which includes 48 “tough but targeted” policy recommendations to hold China accountable for human rights abuses, intellectual property theft, and its malign influence campaigns in the United States and abroad. 

The solutions-oriented proposal, developed over the past year and a half under the leadership of RSC National Security & Foreign Affairs Task Force Chairman Joe Wilson (SC-02), calls for imposing the toughest sanctions against the Chinese Communist Party ever proposed by Congress. The Republican Study Committee is the largest caucus of conservatives in the House of Representatives with 149 members.

 

To watch video of Johnson testifying before the China Task Force, click here. An excerpt of Johnson’s testimony can be viewed below:

“The CCP – the Chinese Communist Party – has already publicly denounced our report which is a good indication that we’re on the right track. In a nutshell, we believe the old approach to China has failed.  

“As I know [Chairman McCaul] has made clear on a number of occasions, and all of us have, the idea that free trade and engagement with the CCP was going to somehow lead them to democratize or improve their behavior was clearly incorrect. In fact, the opposite has happened. As we know, China, under Xi Jinping has become more aggressive on the world stage and they’ve become much more repressive to their own people. 

“President Trump is the first President in my lifetime who has brought moral and strategic clarity to the issue of our relations with China which has been illustrated by his response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Congress has the opportunity to do more now to help push President Trump’s agenda through Congress… 

“The RSC looks forward to working with you all to pursue our common goals and we hope you’ll consider including a number of this report’s carefully considered 48 policy recommendations with regard to China in your final recommendations.”

To view all 48 China-related policy recommendations in the RSC National Security Strategyclick here. A summary of those recommendations can be viewed below:

 

SUMMARY

Communist China: A New Strategy for Countering America’s Top Threat

  • Preserving American leadership: The strategy stands up to the Chinese Communist Party’s attempts to reorient today’s world order to one based in authoritarianism by standing strongly for American values of freedom, democracy, human rights, the rule of law, and open markets.
  • A tough but targeted approach to China: The strategy offers the toughest package of sanctions ever proposed by Congress on the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). It would specifically sanction the entire United Front Work Department and senior CCP leaders, including members of the Politburo for their malign influence campaigns, internment of Uyghurs, and assault on Hong Kong. The strategy proposes targeted measures rather than broad-based tariffs that may hurt the U.S. economy.
  • A multifaceted strategy to protect American innovation and ideas: The strategy would enhance U.S. laws safeguarding American intellectual property (IP), modernize the Foreign Asset Registration Act (FARA), block Chinese propaganda efforts, and ensure a whole-of-government effort to stop the transfer of critical technology to China.
  • Bold free trade expansion around the world: The strategy proposes bilateral free trade agreements with democratic partners facing increasing threat or malign influence from China, including Taiwan, Indonesia, the Philippines, India, Brazil, Kenya, and others.