China: No Friend of The United States
Updated: May 28, 2020
Last fall, Chinese President Xi Jinping called for his government to resist anything it sees as preventing its rise. China has been ramping up military actions in the contested South China Sea, continues to intimidate Taiwan (an American ally), and continues to use propaganda and state media to smear our great country and the Trump Administration. Fast forward to the beginning of this year, when China unleashed the havoc of COVID-19 on the world.
It is a fact that COVID-19 originated in China. It is also a fact that China attempted to cover up both the contagiousness of the virus and its origins. Not only did China attempt to cover up the origins of the virus, but China’s Foreign Minister even publicly stated that the United States is responsible for unleashing COVID-19 in China. These actions by China have led to the deaths of thousands of Americans, and will unfortunately continue to take the lives of many more.
There is no longer time for the United States to work with China towards common goals. China does not view the United States as a working partner, but as standing in the way of their rise. China is correct on that front: we are the only nation standing in the way of their plans.
President Trump has taken several steps since the start of his Administration to show China that the United States will no longer put up with its dirty tactics. A new national security strategy has listed China as a disruptive rival set on challenging the United States. President Trump has and continues to make efforts to prevent China from taking advantage of American businesses.
It is time for the United States to, in the words of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, “engage China as it is, not as we wish it were.” In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, this is true now more than ever.
We must hold China accountable for the COVID-19 pandemic. However, in order to effectively take on China, we need to ensure that the American economy, and therefore the country, remain strong. We need to get back to work, continue to fuel the American economy, and bring manufacturing back to our shores. When I was growing up, “Made in China” translated to “don’t buy.” It’s time to get back to these roots.
When you elect me as your representative in Congress, I will work with President Trump to not only take on China, but make sure our country and economy are strong enough to do so effectively.