(CNSNews.com) – Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.) will chair a new Select Committee on China in the next Congress. Gallagher has said that Chinese Communist Party is the “greatest threat” to the United States, and on Sunday he went even further:
“I view the Chinese Communist Party as an enemy of the United States,” Gallagher told CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“But it’s important that we don’t conflate the Chinese Communist Party and the Chinese people. I think that’s absolutely critical to our long-term competition with China.
“And I view the CCP in some ways as an enemy of its own people. Look at the way in which Xi Jinping has repressed the nationwide protests surrounding his failed COVID zero policies. Look at the way in which they have used some of the tools of techno-totalitarian surveillance they’re perfecting in Xinjiang province in a modern-day concentration camp, and exported that around the country to control the rest of their citizens.
“So, it’s important that we make that distinction constantly. And the most important thing we want to do as — with this new select committee is make this a bipartisan effort. Speaker-elect McCarthy wants the Democrats to participate in this. He wants us to be serious.
“And, to the extent possible, we want to identify where Congress can speak with one voice when it comes to the policy that best positions us to win this long-term competition with the CCP.”
In a joint op-ed with Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Gallagher wrote that the Select Committee on China will aim to restore supply chains and end critical economic dependencies on China; strengthen the military; end the CCP’s theft of Americans’ personal data and intellectual property; and contrast the CCP’s techno-totalitarian state with the values of the Free World.
Earlier this month, Gallagher, along with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.) introduced a bill to ban TikTok from operating in the United States.
The Senate last week passed a different bill, one introduced by Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), that would ban TikTok from U.S. government devices, but the bill’s prospects in the House are uncertain.
Gallagher told CNN, “And now every member of the Senate is on record saying that TikTok is a national security concern, and that it should be banned from government phones. So we’re making the case. We have a long way to go legislatively,” he added.
Gallagher said TikTok is about to become the most powerful media company in America: “It’s as if, in 1958…we would have allowed the KGB and Pravda to buy ‘The New York Times,’ ‘The Chicago Tribune,’ ‘The Washington Post’ all combined.”
He also expressed concern about the CCP having the ability to “edit the news.”
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