Tom Cotton, R-Ark., penned a scathing op-ed Tuesday labeling President Biden’s Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo the leader of the “China Lobby.”
In a bit for Nationwide Evaluation, Cotton argued that China is essentially the most aggressive and prolific abuser of free commerce anyplace on the earth, and that Raimondo is contributing to its predation by additional entangling our economies.
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Raimondo told the Wall Street Journal final month that she would search to enhance U.S. enterprise ties with China, and that she plans to steer delegations of U.S. CEOs to China to hunt for enterprise and talk about longstanding commerce points.
“Secretary Raimondo is not only doing the bidding of the China Lobby — she’s actively recruiting for it,” Cotton wrote. “In an irresistible feedback loop, American businesses go to China, get hooked on cheap Chinese capital and labor, turn a blind eye to the CCP’s human-rights abuses and technology theft, and then lobby in Washington for greater entanglement with the PRC.”
“Maybe most outrageously, Secretary Raimondo has asserted that ‘there’s no level in speaking about decoupling’ our economic system from China’s,” he continued. “In simply seven phrases, Raimondo threw away all leverage she could have had in negotiations with the Chinese language.
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“The possibility of economic decoupling is one of the most potent threats the U.S. can wield over China,” he added. “It would cost China trillions of dollars and access to the most reliable and desirable market for Chinese businesses. By taking it off the table, Raimondo guaranteed that negotiations would be a failure before they’d even begun.”
Cotton argued that financial decoupling from China, whereas disruptive, is each potential and “badly needed,” and that the USA’ reliance on the communist nation for all the things from medication to machine instruments “is not sustainable and must be ended.”