U.S. and allied governments are entering a “watershed moment” in international politics due to China’s attempt to achieve supremacy, according to Senate Intelligence Committee leaders.
“Beijing’s infiltration of U.S. society has been deliberate and insidious as they use every instrument of influence available to accelerate their rise at America’s expense,” acting Chairman Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican, said in a joint statement with Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the panel. “Unfortunately, the United States’s challenge with China is not unique as Beijing seeks to infiltrate and subvert other nations around the world, including our allies.”
That bipartisan statement attests to the congressional appetite for President-elect Joe Biden to maintain a hard line on Beijing. Chinese officials, for their part, insist that the rivalry has developed because Western politicians lack “respect” for the communist regime, which they hope might improve somewhat under the next administration.