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Under Donald Trump, the beltway’s view of China shifted from one of relative complacency to one verging on alarmism.
The bipartisan consensus on the need for a significant response to the rise of Chinese power has now driven major new China legislation in both the Senate and House. While both bills are forceful responses to China’s increasing power, they present critical choices as to how extreme the turn in America’s China policy will be.
The Senate bill on China (the Strategic Competition Act or SCA, which recently passed as part of S.1260, larger China legislation) is full of inflammatory assertions about Chinese motives and intentions. It contains changes in policy that would significantly increase the chances of a conflict with Beijing.