President Joe Biden doubled down on globalism at the G7 summit this week, making clear that his administration is “not looking to decouple [the United States] from China” despite millions of American jobs lost.
“Now, we’re also united in our approach to the People’s Republic of China, and the joint statement released yesterday outlines the shared principles we’ve all agreed at the G7 and beyond in dealing with China,” Biden said during a press conference Sunday in Japan:
We’re not looking to decouple from China, we’re looking to de-risk and diversify our relationship with China. [Emphasis added]
That means taking steps to diversify our supply chains, and we’re not — so we’re not dependent on any one country for necessary product. It means resisting economic coercion together and countering harmful practices that hurt our workers. It means protecting a narrow set of advanced technologies critical for our national security. [Emphasis added]
BIDEN: "We're not looking to decouple from China" pic.twitter.com/pZ0YAkMliW
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“Tell that to the 4 million American workers who have lost their jobs to China,” Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) wrote in a Twitter post in response to the statement.
Biden’s remarks come after he vetoed a bipartisan-approved plan that would have reinstated U.S. tariffs on China-made solar panels — siding with the highly powerful import lobby against American manufacturers.
The statements are a renunciation of economic nationalism which has been bolstered by several Republican lawmakers this Congress. Hawley, for instance, just recently introduced a “Worker’s Agenda” that would see the U.S. putting an end its job-killing free trade policy with China.
Likewise, Sens. Tom Cotton (R-AR), Ted Budd (R-NC), Rick Scott (R-FL), and J.D. Vance (R-OH) introduced legislation that would put an end China’s permanent usual trade relations status which is responsible for getting rid of or drastically cutting U.S. tariffs on China-made goods which has ended up in a soaring trade deficiency and nationwide job losses.
The Heritage Foundation’s “Mandate for Leadership” report, intended to be a policy guide for Republican presidential administrations, includes analysis by former Trump official Peter Navarro who is a proponet for a decoupling from China through mutual tariffs.
In addition, Navarro wrote that the priority of a future Republican president ought to expand U.S. “tariffs to all Chinese products and increase tariff rates to levels that will block out ‘Made in China’ products, and execute this strategy in a manner and at a pace that will not expose the U.S. to lack of access to essential products like key pharmaceuticals.”
Scott Paul, with the Alliance for American Manufacturing, recently testified before the House Select Committee on China that the U.S. should ‘suspend’ free trade with China.
“We should suspend or revoke normalized trade relations with China,” Paul said. “The [Chinese Communist Party] certainly doesn’t deserve the same trade status as our allies and reciprocal partners … our hubris and neglect aided Beijing’s ambitions, weakened our capabilities, and hollowed out our middle class.”
I don't think it's right that Washington borrows money from China to pay somebody who is able-bodied with no dependents to sit at home on a couch.
It is proven that work requirements help lift people out of poverty and into productivity. pic.twitter.com/ymr4Gait8G
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Jack Posobiec: "Can anyone explain to me why all the oligarchs of Ukraine, China, Russia, Serbia, Kazakhstan, Romania were paying MILLIONS of dollars to a crackhead for 'consulting work', that crackhead who happen to be the son of VP Biden." pic.twitter.com/XBipp7i9s0
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Never forget that Hillary asked China to help Democrats – and said the US media would reward them for it. https://t.co/7RDxmKKOJX
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) May 23, 2023
The decision making in the White House is being done by a bunch of 20 and 30 something Marxists who don't have an appreciation for reality.
I’m more worried now that we might default than I ever have been. Biden isn’t up to the task! pic.twitter.com/i6NQnx5KGA
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) May 23, 2023