The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) lied from the very beginning about the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, and their coverup enabled its spread, threatening us all. The totalitarian leadership in Beijing silenced whistleblowers who attempted to sound the alarm, they underreported their initial cases, they manipulated the World Health Organization (WHO) to spread lies about no human-to-human transmission, and they embarked on an elaborate scheme to hoard personal protective equipment and weaponize the global supply chain of medical and pharmaceutical products against the international community, including the United States. As a result, over 90,000 Americans have lost their lives, and the coronavirus-related shutdown could lead to the worst economic contraction since the Great Depression.
Recently, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) announced a special 15-member China Task Force to investigate the CCP for its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and to make recommendations about key aspects of our long-term strategic competition with China. I am grateful to Leader McCarthy for appointing me to this important Task Force, and I forward to working with the Chairman of the panel, Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX), and my other colleagues to provide policy recommendations to hold China accountable, and bring to bear my experience on the Financial Services Committee with sanctions policy, international financial institutions, trade, export/import promotion and controls, and capital markets to confront this most consequential foreign policy challenge.
The Task Force met for the first time last week in Washington, where I received the first in a series of high level briefings. This week, Chairman McCaul announced the five pillars of the Task Force: military superiority and homeland security, advanced technology, economic strength, increasing our competitiveness, and the battle between democracy and authoritarianism. I have been appointed to serve as the Co-Chair of two of those pillars: the Economics and Energy subgroup to address United States competition with the CCP in international trade, the movement of capital, economic statecraft, and the energy industry, and the Competitiveness subgroup to form a proactive, offensive agenda to increase the competitiveness of the United States relative to the CCP. Last week, I discussed the China Task Force with Washington Watch, which can be heard here, and Fox News Radio, which you can listen to here.
专责小组上周在华盛顿，在那里我获得了一系列高级别简报的第一次见面，第一次。本周，麦克考尔主席宣布专责小组的五大支柱：军事优势和国土安全，技术先进，经济实力，提高我们的竞争力，以及民主和专制之间的战斗。我已经被任命为两个这些支柱的联合主席：经济与能源分组与中共在国际贸易，资本，经济方略，以及能源行业的移动地址美国竞争，竞争力亚组形成一个积极的，进攻性议程，以增加美国相对于中国共产党的竞争力。上周，我讨论了中国工作组与华盛顿观察，可听到这里 ，和福克斯新闻电台，您可以收听到这里 。