Exclusive — Rep. Mike Gallagher: ‘We’re Dangerously Dependent on China’
Oct 24, 2021 4 mins, 21 secs
is “dangerously dependent” on Beijing while highlighting the Biden administration’s commitment to a climate change agenda that will weaken our nation “militarily [and] economically” while strengthening China.

“President Biden explicitly made the argument at the UN in his speech that we’re not in a new Cold War, which I think is a gift to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP),” he said. .

“Obviously, they always accuse us of Cold War thinking, Cold War mentality, and I can’t help but think they do that because they don’t want us to recognize that we’re in an existential competition and they certainly recognize that,” he continued.

“I just read everything [Chinese Chairman] Xi Jinping says,” he added.

“So that’s going to be a huge problem going forward,” he added, “we’ll see that downward pressure on defense even in the face of Chinese hypersonic advancements or other military advancements.”.

I think you’ll see this divide in the Biden administration grow more problematic and the divide really on China is between those like [Biden administration National Security Council China Director] Rush Doshi and [Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs] Ely Ratner, who I think have a more realistic view of China, or more specifically, the Chinese Communist Party, and another camp, which is the climate change camp. .

“That sort of naturally leads you to a more cooperative relationship with China, because Kerry wants some sort of grand bargain on climate change even though the Chinese are going to do whatever they want to do when it comes to energy policy,” he said. .

“I think that the sort of geopolitical climate agenda is really naive when it comes to China, and I think it’s screwing up our ability to compete effectively with China militarily, economically, or diplomatically,” he said.

He also referred to the ESG (Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance) standards which evaluate a company by social and environmental criteria, as well as the climate change agenda, as “perverse” due to the reliance of many companies on human rights abuses.

“I think you can make the argument that much of the global ESG and climate change agenda is built on the backs of slave labor in Xinjiang province, with some of the way these [renewable energy] batteries are manufactured, and so it’s entirely perverse,” he said. .

“I’ve been at this for five years now, and I’ve just never seen a clear and convincing plan from the Pentagon in cooperation with other national security agencies for detailing a strategy in the Indo-Pacific, what we have right now and what we need to deny China the ability to invade Taiwan,” he added, noting that such was needed “in order to make smart budget decisions about what to fund.” .

“I think a lot of American companies and asset managers and investors delude themselves by thinking, ‘We’re just investing in civilian technology,’” he said. .

In the public sector, he highlighted the National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology as another example of the Chinese fusion of its civilian industry into the military?

“But as we now know, there were military dimensions of that program and Chinese military officials had been present at the Wuhan Institute of Virology,” he added.

“I just think we’re gonna have to be more aggressive on the decoupling.” .

“I think we should prohibit via legislation any university endowments or state and local pension funds which receives federal funding from investing in China, hard stop,” he said. .

“I think we’re going to have to harmonize and expand all these various blacklists [that have military components] that we’ve developed with certain Chinese tech companies going forward,” he added. .

“I just think it’s reasonable to say that the American people, either through their retirement money or through their active investments, shouldn’t be funding Chinese companies that are building things designed to kill Americans in future war,” he said.

“I think the numerous intelligence failures leading up to the pandemic and our inability to get to the bottom of its origin illustrate that we weren’t collecting on certain targets in China and I think we know that — in part because of cyber-attacks by China — our human intelligence networks have been completely compromised on the Chinese mainland,” he continued

“So we have a lot of work to do in terms of building the intelligence networks that will be essential for us to understand where we stand relative to China in our military competition,” he added. 

“I just don’t think we’re doing a good job right now recruiting and retaining the best and the brightest to serve their country in the way we did in the old Cold War,” he said. 

“I think it’s gonna be a massive propaganda victory for Xi,” he said

He also expressed his belief that many Americans perceive the hypocrisy of companies supporting China and its hosting of the upcoming Olympic games while “lecturing” them about various social issues domestically. 

“So I think it’s both a military threat as well as an economic threat that affects all Americans, not just those who’ve chosen to wear the uniform.”

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