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ICYMI: Rubio: The Senate’s Missed Opportunity to Counter China

Jun 11, 2021 | Comunicados de Prensa

The Senate’s Missed Opportunity to Counter China
By U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)
June 10, 2021
National Review

This week, the Senate passed the United States Innovation and Competition Act, what many mistakenly referred to as the “China bill.” It should have been an opportunity to strengthen our markets and national research infrastructure against the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) predatory behavior. Instead, it effectively gives Beijing carte blanche to keep exploiting one of America’s greatest economic vulnerabilities: the openness of our capital markets.

Those of us committed to long-term prosperity and opportunity in our nation must recognize the massive vulnerabilities to Americans’ national and economic security this creates. For decades, Beijing has understood that the highest priority of America’s financial sector is to maximize short-term profits — even as investment, as well as research and development, collapses at home — and works daily to exploit that mindset. The results speak for themselves; 2019 was the first time in history that the U.S. became a net investor in China, and, over the last year, Americans’ investment in Chinese corporations has increased by nearly $70 billion.

At Wall Street’s direction, millions of Americans’ retirement accounts are today being used to fund the CCP’s century-defining efforts to supplant American leadership. Major American fund managers now speak openly about hedging their bets by investing in China, in case Beijing wins the competition for the 21st century…

No other country would so willingly invest in an adversary. Our markets should serve our people and our national interests, not China’s. If you’re enjoying the many benefits of being an American corporation — a friendly business climate, proximity to the world’s greatest research institutions, a stable and fair legal system — you should feel invested in our nation’s future.

As I explained back in May, a real China bill would have tackled these issues head on.

First, it should have banned American money from being invested in Communist Chinese military companies…

Second, the bill should have ensured Americans aren’t providing financial support to other dangerous Chinese supply chains…

Finally, the Senate bill should have banned Chinese companies that routinely dodge U.S. regulatory oversight from publicly listing on U.S. stock exchanges…

Too many in our financial sector might be okay with leveraging America’s future for a quick profit. I’m not. Policy-makers must act now to end the exploitation of U.S. capital markets, which is empowering a genocidal regime trying to beat us in the most important geopolitical contest of our lifetimes. The United States Innovation and Competition Act fails to accomplish this. It’s a major missed opportunity to correct a vulnerability that now risks haunting our nation for generations.

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