House’s New China-Competition Committee Marks Important Step in Confronting CCP’s Threats

Nathan Su Nathan Su
January 16, 2023Updated: January 18, 2023

Commentary

The establishment of a new China Committee by the House in the U.S. Congress is being widely seen as the first victory of the new Republican
Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy. But most people have failed to realize that this committee should have been established a long time ago.

The new committee is called the “House Select Committee on the Strategic Competition Between the U.S. and the Chinese Communist Party.” The committee will be focused on the continually escalating threats from China’s ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

A total of 365 members of the 118th U.S. House of Representatives voted to support the formation of the new Select Committee with the support of all Republicans and 146 Democrats. Capitol Hill has not seen such overwhelming bipartisan support for almost anything for years.

Why is it necessary to establish a new committee specifically dealing with issues related to the CCP?

The answer to this question is clear: Americans need to take immediate action if they don’t want to see their future generations become slaves to the CCP.

China’s economy has grown tenfold since it joined the WTO in 2001. A simple comparison of the following five aspects between the CCP today and any regimes of the past clearly shows that the CCP now represents the biggest threat to peace and humanity in human history:

  • Total Economic Power
    The CCP now has the world’s second-largest economy, behind the United States, if measured by GDP. If you compare these two nations’ GDP by purchase price parity (PPP), China’s GDP (PPP) is $27.31 trillion, which is about 18.7 percent more than the United States’ $23 trillion, according to statistics from the World Bank 2021 report.
  • Total Military Power
    The CCP now possesses the world’s second-largest military. The 2022 Congressional Research Service report indicates that the Chinese navy has surpassed the U.S. Navy in its number of battle force ships.
  • Modern Technology
    The CCP is quickly catching up to the Western world in technology, thanks to U.S. corporations that are heavily invested in China.
  • Total Population Under Central Control
    China today has a total population of 1.4 billion, the largest of any nation in history.
  • A History of Domestic Genocide
    Research has shown that the CCP has killed as many as 80 million Chinese people since it took control of the nation in 1949.

Looking back over the past century, the United States has had two very different strategies for dealing with communist regimes. One succeeded, and the other failed.

The successful one was the Cold War strategy, which effectively drove the Soviet Union into its economic collapse, which later resulted in regime change.

The failed one was the China policy that was based on the wishful thinking that the CCP would eventually make political reform in China after the population became richer, with a larger middle-class population. The West allowed China to join the WTO in 2001. By 2021, total direct investment from the United States alone in China was up close to $120 billion. The direct investment from the entire Western World totals many hundreds of billions of dollars.

While the United States continuously lost jobs and industries to China in the past two decades, unfortunately no one even bothered to ask a simple question: During the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the free world, if the West had invested hundreds of billions of dollars in its enemy, would the Soviet Union have ever collapsed? Would it have even been possible for the Soviet Union’s political system to come up with a political reform leader like Mikhail Gorbachev?

What happened after the CCP regime eventually became richer and more powerful?

During U.S.-China Alaska summit in March 2021, China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi looked straight into the eyes of U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and said: “The United States does not have the qualification to say that it wants to speak to China from a position of strength.”

The Chinese regime started building artificial islands in the South China Sea in 2013. By 2022, three out of the seven man-made islands have been occupied by the Chinese military. In June 2021, Beijing’s authority officially claimed that China has full sovereignty over the Taiwan Strait.

On the Europe-Asia continent, an anti-US alliance is quickly forming around the regimes ruling China, Russia, North Korea, Iran, and Afghanistan. As China’s GDP is more than ten times Russia’s, it is clear that Beijing has taken the leading role in this alliance.

The Chinese regime has become the biggest threat to the peace and stability of the Indo-Pacific region.

U.S. legislators used to only have to deal with China on issues related to human rights, trade, and intellectual property rights. But now, as the threat from the CCP is quickly escalating, the congressional members will have to consider a much wider range of complicated issues.

In the decades to come, the newly established U.S. House China Committee will need to be a very effective tool when it comes to dealing with the Chinese communist regime.

Views expressed in this article are the opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.

Nathan Su is a writer for The Epoch Times since 2018.