Congress demanded that Blinken explain the blocking of sanctions against China
Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Michael McCaul (Republican from Texas) sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken demanding an explanation of information about his decision to block “competitive actions” aimed at curbing the Communist Party of China (CPC).
McCaul demanded correspondence between key State Department officials, including Blinken, discussing competitive actions against the PRC and its government agencies. The letters from October 1, 2022 onward are required.
The congressman emphasized that the pause in sanctions pressure on companies such as Huawei “raises serious doubts about the willingness and ability of Department leaders to respond effectively to growing aggression from the PRC.”
McCaul criticized the foreign policy department’s behavior toward Beijing. The State Department’s blocking of sanctions on humanitarian goods to the PRC sent the wrong message to China and made the U.S. look weak on the international stage, he said.
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