torsdag 17. september 2020

US Senate Democrats announce own plan to confront China

US Senate Democrats announced a plan on Thursday to confront China, a glaring signal from Washington that no matter who wins the upcoming presidential election in November, there likely will be immense bipartisan pressure from Congress to maintain a tough stance against Beijing. The bill, called the America LEADS Act, comes as US-China relations spiral to their lowest point in years, with both parties in rare agreement that China under leader Xi Jinpinghas become a threat to global stability and US interests around the world. Senate Republicans released their own sprawling legislation to confront China in July.

At a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing Thursday morning focused on “countering China”, chairman James Risch, a Republican from Idaho, said he hoped the Democrats’ new bill could be combined with his party’s legislation introduced in July.