House Republicans Demand Tougher Measures on China to Deter an Attack on Taiwan

By Emel Akan
Emel Akan
Emel Akan
reporter
Emel Akan is White House economic policy reporter in Washington, D.C. Previously she worked in the financial sector as an investment banker at JPMorgan and as a consultant at PwC. She graduated with a master’s degree in business administration from Georgetown University.
March 24, 2022 Updated: March 25, 2022

PONTE VEDRA, Fla.—In a midterm election year, House Republicans are gathered in Florida to roll out policy proposals to “change the direction” of the country as they look to regain the majority in Congress this fall.

China accountability is one of the key policy issues being discussed at this year’s GOP retreat. Republicans pledge to hold China accountable on many issues, including the origin of COVID-19.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy during a press conference on March 23 criticized President Joe Biden’s policies toward Beijing.

He said the United States should take lessons from the invasion of Ukraine and apply them to protecting Taiwan from a Chinese invasion. Increasing arms sales to Taiwan is one of the proposals being discussed.

“Stop holding up weapons sales to Taiwan; let them defend themselves,” McCarthy said during a press conference.

Republicans also criticized Biden’s policies on Russia that the administration followed last year. McCarthy said Biden’s actions, such as waiving U.S. sanctions on Russia’s Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Germany and allowing Europe to be more dependent on Russia, sent the wrong message to Moscow.

House Republicans have created seven task forces that focus on the GOP’s key policy issues: jobs and the economy; big tech censorship and data; the future of U.S. freedoms; energy, climate, and conservation; American security; healthy futures; and China accountability.

The GOP House members expressed confidence in taking back the chamber this fall.

“Republicans are ready to lead,” Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) told reporters. “If given the majority, we will tell you what our agenda is and what we will do to change the direction of this nation.”

McCaul, who leads the China Task Force, also said that the growing Russia–China ties the world is witnessing have major ramifications.

“We can’t make the same mistake of not arming Taiwan like we didn’t arm Ukraine in advance,” he said.

The Republicans also criticized Biden’s leadership on a number of other issues, including rising gas prices. Biden has been pushing back on the criticisms, blaming oil companies and Russian President Vladimir Putin for the record prices.

“It’s not just policies we will do in the majority; we will hold this administration accountable,” McCarthy said.

Emel Akan
reporter
Emel Akan is White House economic policy reporter in Washington, D.C. Previously she worked in the financial sector as an investment banker at JPMorgan and as a consultant at PwC. She graduated with a master’s degree in business administration from Georgetown University.