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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), Lead Republican of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Mike Rogers (R-AL), Lead Republican of the House Armed Services Committee, and Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH), Lead Republican of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, joined Trey Gowdy on Fox News’ Sunday Night in America to discuss the threat China poses to the United States.

Watch the interview here.

On the Pacing Military Threat Posed by China:
MCCAUL: “When you project weakness, you invite aggression. We know President Xi has plans for Taiwan…If we want to have deterrence against the Chinese Communist Party from invading Taiwan, we need to provide the weapon systems to Taiwan. And the problem is the defense industrial base is not prepared to get this done. I just recently met with the head of CENTCOM, the commander and the former one, [Gen.] McKenzie told me – both of them – that foreign military sales are the number one problem right now.”

ROGERS: “Well the thing that we’ve got to keep in mind is that China has global aspirations. Their Belt and Road initiative is a 50-year initiative to become both an economic and a military superpower and we’ve got to recognize that is our pacing threat. While we’ve got to be concerned about what’s happening in the Middle East and Eastern Europe. The most dominant threat that we have to our national interests is China and we’ve got to be focused on that. That’s why we’re making a real pivot in this year’s National Defense Authorization Act, the defense bill, towards the INDOPACOM domain. To make sure we’re prepared to take on aggression from China which has become more menacing lately with the threat on Taiwan.”

TURNER: “There’s concern as to whether or not they’re [the Biden administration] going to make further announcements and restricting our nuclear weapons programs at the same time China is vastly expanding its nuclear weapons programs. As you know, China has taken advances in hypersonic weapons beyond what we’re even doing. And the administration has not come to the table and said this is how we’re going to set the bar higher and what we’re going to achieve make certain we can stay safe.”

On China’s Debt-trap Diplomacy:
MCCAUL: “We have to compete with China in Africa, in Latin America. And I would say we’re losing…They have a debt trap that the get them into, then they build a port or a military base, and they’re doing this all over the continent. They get them onto the digital yuan and tell them they can’t support Taiwan.”

On Securing the Supply Chain:
ROGERS: “The biggest threat is that we still haven’t gotten China out of our supply chain. We have made it a goal. We expect to have them out within the next couple of years. But I think if the pandemic taught us anything, meaning the western world, it’s that all of us have allowed ourselves lazily to become dependent on China for far too much of our lives. That’s got to be changed, and we’re making steps in that direction. But you made a great point about us being self-supportive – we’ve got to recognize that being able to feed and clothe ourselves in this country is a matter of national security and we can’t depend on other countries to be able to help us do that. Militarily or otherwise.”

On Failures of Biden Administration to Counter China:
TURNER: “China has identified itself as an adversary. The administration has gone out of its way actually to dismantle things that were in place to try to hold China accountable. If you look at the Department of Justice, that was the China initiative that was focusing on trying to find the various activities that China was doing both cyber and otherwise within the United States.”

Background:
Click HERE for more information on the FY23 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
The Hill: US Must Strengthen Its Defense Industrial Base
Click HERE for a one pager from HPSCI on the threat posed by China.