US Senators Seek to Establish ‘China Grand Strategy Commission’ to Confront Threats From CCP

US Senators Seek to Establish ‘China Grand Strategy Commission’ to Confront Threats From CCP
Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) talks with reporters as he walks through the Senate subway on his way to a vote at the Capitol on June 21, 2021 in Washington. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Mary Hong
10/2/2022
Updated:
10/3/2022

Sens. Angus King (I-Maine), John Cornyn (R-Texas), and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) have introduced legislation that would establish a commission tasked with developing a comprehensive whole-of-government approach to the threat the communist regime in Beijing poses to the U.S. economy, security, and foreign relations.

A bipartisan group of 15 senators is co-sponsoring the effort to establish a China Grand Strategy Commission; they intend to add the measure as an amendment to the 2023 National Defense Authorization Act.

“We simply cannot afford an ad hoc China policy that lacks a long-term strategy,” King said in a statement. “The world is undergoing a period of significant change: economies are shifting, alliances are changing, and national security threats are rapidly evolving.

“At almost every turn, the United States is facing new challenges from an increasingly aggressive China.

The proposed commission would include 18 members from the executive and legislative branches as well as business representatives.

The mission is to “make actionable recommendations to develop a grand strategy across the entire government” that protects and strengthens U.S. national security interests, King said.

The recommendations by the panel would be for the purposes of “ensuring a holistic approach toward the People’s Republic of China across all federal departments and agencies; defining specific steps necessary to build a stable international order that accounts for the People’s Republic of China participation in that order; and providing actionable recommendations with respect to the United States’ relationship with the People’s Republic of China.”

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on “China's Non-Traditional Espionage Against the United States: The Threat and Potential Policy Responses" in Washington on Dec. 12, 2018. (Jennifer Zeng/The Epoch Times)
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on “China's Non-Traditional Espionage Against the United States: The Threat and Potential Policy Responses" in Washington on Dec. 12, 2018. (Jennifer Zeng/The Epoch Times)

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Cornyn said that the Chinese Communist Party’s ambitions paint an alarming picture for U.S. economic and national security.

“Confronting threats from China is the greatest security imperative of our generation and a strategic, whole-of-government approach is the only way forward,” he said.

“Over the years, the U.S–China relationship has evolved in ways few could have predicted,” Kaine said.

“A China Grand Strategy Commission would help accomplish [preserving the status of the United States as the world’s preeminent power] by creating a long-term, comprehensive strategy to manage this consequential relationship,” he added.

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) speaks at the Senate subcommittee hearing on The China Challenge, Part 3: Democracy, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law, on Dec. 4, 2018. (Jennifer Zeng/The Epoch Times)
Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) speaks at the Senate subcommittee hearing on The China Challenge, Part 3: Democracy, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law, on Dec. 4, 2018. (Jennifer Zeng/The Epoch Times)

The proposed commission would have a structure closely modeling that of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission, which King co-chairs.

According to the statement, the Cyberspace Solarium Commission made more than 80 concrete recommendations for how to improve U.S. national security in cyberspace, more than 85 percent of which are fully or partially implemented or on track for implementation.

The China Commission legislation has already been praised by top military leaders, including U.S. Army Gen. Stephen Townsend, U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) commander; Gen. Glen VanHerck, NORTHCOM/NORAD commander; Gen. David Berger, commandant of the Marine Corps; Lt. Gen. Michael Langley, AFRICOM commander nominee; and Army Lt. Gen. Bryan Fenton, U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) commander nominee.

Sens. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Jackie Rosen (D-Nev.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Tom Young (R-Ind,), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.)  are co-sponsors of the proposal, according to the statement.

Chen Ting contributed to this report.
Mary Hong has contributed to The Epoch Times since 2020. She has reported on Chinese human rights issues and politics.
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