Gallagher MP to lead task force delegation to UK to coordinate China issue


A parliamentary delegation is visiting Britain to coordinate with British officials on developing policies to more effectively counter China’s communist regime.

Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wisconsin), chairman of the House Select Committee on Strategic Competition with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), announced on May 18 that representatives of the task force’s members will be meeting to coordinate strategies for China. Lead a delegation to visit England.

A source close to the task force told The Epoch Times that the task force will meet with British defense officials and members of parliament to coordinate China policy.

The visit will help the Special Committee further develop policies to counter the CCP’s economic repression on a global scale, particularly the continued theft of critical defense technology and the CCP’s efforts to isolate its economy from international policy. It takes place during a time of focus. .

“This idea of ​​reviving some form of economic engagement as a way to defuse the Chinese Communist Party’s aggression is a triumph of delusion over hard-won experience,” Gallagher told The Epoch Times.

“The only question is, will we continue to be passive?” [China’s] decoupling strategy? Or will it work with its allies to take charge of its own economic sovereignty and insist on a minimum of basic reciprocity and an equal playing field?”

‘Giant Convergence’ on China Issues

The UK has so far been slow to adopt strategies such as: remove the risk Such as those promoted by the United States and Germany. The current British prime minister, Rishi Sunak, has clearly softened his stance on the government by prioritizing economic engagement, break an oath Classify the Chinese Communist Party as a “threat” to Britain.

However, the snack Signaled He said he could follow the lead of the United States on investment issues related to China.

That’s why US leaders are optimistic that the shared values ​​and strategic objectives underpinning the Anglo-American alliance will triumph, according to State Department deputy spokesman Vedant Patel.

“There continues to be great agreement between the United States and our European partners, including the United Kingdom, on the challenges facing the world. [China] And a key aspect of our strategy is to align and invest in step with our allies and partners,” Patel told The Epoch Times at a May 17 press conference.

The visit also follows former British Prime Minister Liz Truss’ visit to Taiwan this week, when the former prime minister, still a member of parliament, said that to counter the Chinese Communist government’s massive economic expansion efforts, the “economic A “general NATO” is necessary. Strengthen military power and further isolate the economy from Western influence.

US ‘cannot wait’ for changes in China

According to Secretary of State Antony Brinken, the State Department is now seeking to expand funding for diplomatic missions and other investments in the Indo-Pacific as part of a broader effort to counter China’s authoritarian influence.

Blinken told a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on May 16 that the United States can no longer wait for the administration to abandon its authoritarian ways and is actively working to shape the strategic environment around the Chinese Communist Party. said it needed to work.

“China represents the most significant geopolitical challenge facing us today,” said Blinken. It’s a country that has the ability to take on challenges,” he said.

“Of course, we cannot dictate the course of the Chinese government, and we cannot wait for China to change its trajectory. It puts us in a better position to race hard to move forward.”

While some in Washington are pushing for decoupling from the Chinese economy, Blinken said the Biden administration’s ambitions would reduce risks and strengthen its position without severing ties between the world’s two largest economies. said to do.

“We support risk aversion and diversification, not decoupling,” Blinken said.

“It means investing in our own capabilities and in a secure and resilient supply chain; demanding a level playing field for workers and businesses; protecting against harmful trade practices; and protecting the United States and its allies. It’s about making sure the technology isn’t used against us.”

Regarding the administration’s decision to invest more in the non-military component of national power, Mr. Blinken said it was America’s duty to offer a more compelling value proposition rather than forcing other countries to choose between China and the United States. said it is. .

“We are not asking other countries to ‘choose’ between us and China, but rather presenting them with a more attractive option,” Blinken said.

“If we can ignite the battle for the top, it will be for everyone’s benefit.”