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Pandemic-Era Policymaking and the Future of United States-China Relations

The coronavirus pandemic has shined a bright light on the many problems that plague our interactions with China. Over the years, Tennesseans have watched Beijing lie, cheat, and steal its way to the top. The Chinese Communist Party’s deception put our songwriters, auto part manufacturers, and countless other industries at a disadvantage long before their coronavirus failures made the nightly news. Fighting for Tennesseans means unraveling our failed relationship with China, and I’ve released a comprehensive analysis detailing the best ways to start that process. You can read my more than 120 specific recommendations here.

Key Recommendations

  • The United States should maintain its participation in international organizations, and work multilaterally to reshape Beijing’s participation in those organizations as China pursues a new model for intergovernmental institutions shaped by self-interest.
  • Congress should lead a whole-of-government approach to secure U.S. supply chains across sectors and bring critical manufacturing and technologies back to America.
  • The United States should address Chinese academic, research, and economic espionage, and intellectual property theft, through the introduction of new, responsibly stringent regulations and consistent implementation of existing regulations.
  • The United States should lead in international standards-setting for network security, emerging technologies, internet access and freedom, and other key policy areas. Key allies and partners should be encouraged to participate in the development and implementation of these standards.
  • Congress should continue to provide robust support for Taiwan and Hong Kong, while supporting universal human rights standards across the Indo-Pacific and within China and its territories.
  • The United States should prioritize building a constellation of allies and partners across the Indo-Pacific in support of a rules-based order to deter aggression and foster stable economic growth.
  • Congress should promote increasing defense investment in U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM) while building human capitol enterprise-wide, to augment regional deterrence and bolster arenas in which the U.S. possesses an asymmetric advantage.

Senator Blackburn’s Efforts to Hold China’s Communist Regime Accountable

I have always encouraged my colleagues to look at the big picture when it comes to the threat from China. Throughout my career in the United States Congress, I have consistently raised concerns about China’s outsized role in 21st century international politics.

107th Congress


Representative Blackburn creates the Congressional Songwriters Caucus to educate colleagues on the threat Chinese intellectual property theft poses to the creative community

109th Congress


Representative Blackburn cosponsors legislation exposing Beijing’s currency manipulation schemes

Representative Blackburn fights to protect American intellectual property rights as China continues to cheat artists

Representative Blackburn leads legislation protecting songwriters and artists from Chinese copyright violations

Representative Blackburn cosponsors legislation condemning the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) for its persecution of people loyal to the Pope

110th Congress


Representative Blackburn cosponsors legislation withholding funding from the UN Human Rights Council after the Council ignored Chinese brutality

112th Congress


Representative Blackburn joins letter to PRC Ambassador to the U.S. Zhang Yesui expressing concern over lack of government transparency, and human rights violations

113th Congress


Representative Blackburn writes legislation expressing concern over China’s imprisonment practices, particularly toward religious minorities

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116th Congress


Senator Blackburn introduces legislation preventing foreign adversaries from accessing our information and communications technology marketplace, and its supply chain

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Senator Blackburn stands by Hong Kong freedom fighters; her legislation ending U.S. exports of crowd control equipment to the Hong Kong Police Force is signed into law by President Trump

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Senator Blackburn leads colleagues in calling on the International Olympic Committee to demand China respect basic human rights at the 2022 Beijing Olympics

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Senator Blackburn condemns China-based app TikTok over vulnerabilities caused by its connections to the Chinese government

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Senator Blackburn leads legislation addressing the dangers of hosting Chinese-run Confucius Institutes on U.S. college campuses

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Senator Blackburn calls on Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to increase oversight of colleges and universities that host Confucius Institutes aimed at indoctrinating unsuspecting young students

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Senator Blackburn questions the relationship between the World Health Organization and China

Senator Blackburn introduces resolution demanding China take responsibility for their cover-up of the COVID-19 outbreak and end their detainment of Uyghur Muslims

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Senator Blackburn speaks out against China’s acceptance onto a key UN Human Rights Council panel, harshly condemning the decision

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Senator Blackburn urges China to proactively prevent viral outbreaks by closing down wildlife wet markets

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Senator Blackburn discusses with China expert Gordon Chang Beijing’s abject failure to be forthright about the severity of the COVID-19 crisis at its inception

Senator Blackburn introduces legislation allowing Americans impacted by COVID-19 to sue Chinese officials for their role in the cover-up that allowed an outbreak to turn into a global pandemic

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Senator Blackburn urges colleagues to refuse meetings with Chinese companies

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Senator Blackburn introduces legislation encouraging the protection of human rights as authoritarian regimes crack down under the guise of controlling COVID-19

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Senator Blackburn introduces legislation bolstering US efforts to combat oppressive censorship and internet restrictions worldwide through the Open Technology Fund

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Senator Blackburn writes on China’s ability to wreak havoc on the global economy by cutting off access to essential supplies

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Senator Blackburn discusses operational presence of the United States Armed Forces in the Indo-Pacific with China expert Gordon G. Chang and Real Clear Politics’ Tom Bevan

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Senator Blackburn's amendment aimed at determining the feasibility of sending senior U.S. military officers to provide training at the National Defense University of Taiwan included in the 2021 Senate-passed NDAA

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Senator Blackburn urges the NBA to reevaluate its business dealings with China

Senator Blackburn urges the National Institutes of Health to investigate reports that multiple scientific journals have withdrawn from publication more than a dozen papers written by Chinese researchers due to concerns regarding their scientific integrity

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Senator Blackburn joins Shannon Bream to discuss our rising tensions with Beijing and the importance of realigning our supply chains away from China

Former Acting Director of National Intelligence and Ambassador Richard Grenell joins Senator Blackburn to discuss Beijing's propaganda efforts

Senator Blackburn tells Charles Payne: “We will continue tightening up on Communist China”

Hong Kong activist Nathan Law and Senator Blackburn discuss China's national security law and crackdown on Hong Kongers

Senator Blackburn and Hoover Institution scholar Michael Auslin discuss how the U.S. and China are clashing around the world

Senator Blackburn writes on gained insight into how far players in the global economy will go to preserve their relationships with Beijing

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Senator Blackburn leads legislation to prevent the U.S. from relying on offshore drug production.

Senator Blackburn takes on Beijing with a bill to prohibit the use of federal funds to purchase drugs manufactured in China.

Senator Blackburn champions the effort to strengthen U.S. pharmaceutical supply chains.

Senator Blackburn files a resolution holding the Chinese Communist Party accountable for their cover-ups in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Senator Blackburn sends a letter requesting Communist China close all operating wet markets that could expose humans to health risks.

Senator Blackburn files a resolution calling on all free nations to stand with the people of Hong Kong.

Senator Blackburn joins an effort to prevent the Chinese Communist Party from using its study abroad sponsorship programs to exploit America’s colleges and universities.

Senator Blackburn urges the NIH to investigate reports of scientific journals withdrawing papers written by CCP researchers due to concerns about scientific integrity.

Senator Blackburn blasts the World Health Organization’s director for protecting China from the consequences of their COVID-19 cover-ups.

Senator Blackburn and Hong Kong activist Nathan Law discuss Communist China’s National Security Law and its impact on Hong Kong.

Senator Blackburn writes a letter to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver demanding accountability regarding China’s state-sanctioned abuse of children in the NBA’s Xinjiang basketball training camps.

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Senator Blackburn writes to Walt Disney CEO Bob Chapek on Disney’s decision to cooperate with Xinjiang’s security and propaganda authorities during the production of Mulan.

Senator Blackburn discusses the unjust apprehension of Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong.

Senator Blackburn writes to College Board CEO David Coleman to inquire about his company’s financial ties to the Chinese Confucius Institute Headquarters.

Senator Blackburn writes a letter expressing concerns over sister-city partnerships between the U.S. and Communist China.

Senator Blackburn supports Taiwanese sovereignty and joins the Senate Taiwan Caucus.

Senator Blackburn voices concerns over Chinese influence on U.S. officials—including U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee member Eric Swalwell.

Senator Blackburn delivers a speech calling out the Chinese Communist Party’s egregious human rights abuse.

117th Congress


Senator Blackburn stands up for human rights by championing a ban on imported products manufactured by forced labor in China.

Senator Blackburn leads efforts to tighten national security by prohibiting the issue of B1 and B2 visas to Chinese nationals.

Senator Blackburn writes to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver demanding answers on the league’s financial relationship with the CCP.

Senator Blackburn introduces legislation to crack down on the sister-city programs Beijing uses to create a foothold in American communities.

Senator Blackburn protects servicemembers’ and diplomats’ right to display the Taiwanese flag.

Senator Blackburn protects American manufacturing with the Keep China Out of Solar Energy Act to prohibit the procurement of solar panels manufactured or assembled by slave labor in China.

Senator Blackburn leads the Transparency for Confucius Institutes Act to require the disclosure of any financial transactions between U.S. educational institutions and China.

Senator Blackburn writes to the Department of Education urging support for censorship-free alternatives to Confucius Institutes’ Mandarin language and Chinese culture programs.

Senator Blackburn leads a bill allowing the president to impose sanctions on any group involved in any effort to conceal information on COVID-19.

Senator Blackburn re-introduces legislation to ensure Beijing faces consequences for its role in the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Senator Blackburn sends letter to U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Katherine Tai stressing the importance of reconvening trade agreement talks with Taiwan.

Senators Blackburn, Cotton, Scott, and Hagerty introduce the Foreign Funding Accountability Act to curb the Chinese -Communist Party’s influence in American colleges and universities.

Senator Blackburn sends a letter to President Biden calling for sanctions on the CCP in response to their state-sponsored cyberattacks.

Senator Blackburn introduces the United Nations Transparency and Accountability Act to target authoritarian regimes such as communist China and Russia.

Senator Blackburn introduces amendments pushing back on communist China’s dominance.

Senator Blackburn joins Bloomberg TV to discuss the need for Biden to take a tougher stance against communist China.

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Senator Blackburn speaks with China expert Gordon Chang about protecting our Taiwanese partners and standing firm against communist China’s aggression.

Senator Blackburn raises the alarm against Communist China’s debt-trap diplomacy.

Senator Blackburn sends a letter to the CEO of the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation to raise concerns over taxpayer resources being used to aid the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) export of solar panels.'

Senator Blackburn calls out President Biden for hosting a Zoom call with Chinese Communist Party officials.

Senators Blackburn and Cotton send a letter to the U.S. Olympic Committee & Paralympic Committee urging Team USA to not compete in the 2022 Beijing Olympic Games.

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Senator Blackburn sends YouTube a letter following the demonetization of a news video discussing sexual assault claims made by tennis player Peng Shuai against Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli.

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Senator Blackburn publishes a Fox News op-ed calling for a complete boycott of the 2022 Beijing Olympics.

Senator Blackburn calls on the Department of Commerce to blacklist five Chinese companies over their suppression and surveillance of Uyghurs and other ethnic and religious groups.


Senators Blackburn and Rubio introduce the Coronavirus Origin Validation, Investigation, and Determination (COVID) Act of 2022 to hold Communist China accountable for their role in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Following up on a letter to the U.S. Olympic Committee, Senators Blackburn and Cotton identify the Committee’s complicity in Beijing’s human rights abuse.

Senator Blackburn hosts a virtual roundtable on the 2022 Beijing Olympics boycott featuring NBA player Royce White, China expert Gordon Chang, Hong Kong Watch policy advisor Joey Siu, and International Campaign for Tibet interim president Bhuchung Tsering.

Senator Blackburn calls on the CCP to guarantee the freedom of tennis star Peng Shuai and rebukes the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for failing to challenge the CCP’s claims about Peng’s safety.

Senators Blackburn and Rubio introduce legislation to require companies listed on U.S. exchanges to disclose ties to the CCP.

Senator Blackburn continues her career-long fight for the music industry with crackdown on China’s intellectual property theft.

Senators Blackburn and Menendez introduce legislation to promote internet freedom and support technologies that curb foreign government restrictions on internet access.

Senator Blackburn speaks to Fox News’ David Asman following reports that China sought to buy Russian energy.

Senator Blackburn warns of the New Axis of Evil’s growing influence amid reports that Russia asked China for military and economic assistance.

Senator Blackburn introduces legislation to protect U.S. innovation and curb Chinese IP theft.

Senator Blackburn introduces legislation providing Taiwan with the means to defend itself against CCP aggression.

Senator Blackburn sounds the alarm on the CCP’s shoot-to-kill policies, forced labor, and nonstop surveillance.

Senator Blackburn slams Biden for his soft-on-China policies.

Senator Blackburn sends a letter to the CEO of TikTok following reports that the company gave Beijing backdoor access to private user data.

Senator Blackburn blasts TikTok for sharing Americans’ data with the CCP.

Senators Blackburn and Rubio introduce the Turn Off The Tap Act to prohibit federal funds from going to blacklisted Chinese firms.

Senator Blackburn slams President Biden for his China-first energy policy.

Senator Blackburn encourages Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other members of Congress to travel to Taiwan.

Senator Blackburn introduces legislation to support the United States’ relationship with Taiwan by authorizing the loan and lease of defense supplies.

Senator Blackburn introduces bipartisan legislation to counter Communist China’s aggression in the Indo-Pacific region with American leadership.

Senator Blackburn discusses Speaker Nancy Pelosi's trip to Taiwan, supporting Taiwan’s independence, and the importance of standing up to Communist China.

Senator Blackburn speaks with former U.S. Ambassador Robert O'Brien about how the Biden administration's weakness on Communist China has diminished our foreign policy.

Senator Blackburn authors a Letter to the Editor of the New York Times warning that the world must not turn a blind eye to the dangers posed by the New Axis of Evil.

Senator Blackburn concludes Congressional delegation visits to Fiji, the Solomon Islands, and Papua New Guinea.

Senator Blackburn arrives in Taiwan and meets with leaders in Taipei to advance and strengthen U.S. partnerships.

Senator Blackburn joins Brian Wilson on SuperTalk 99.7 WTN live from Taipei to discuss standing up to CCP aggression.

Senator Blackburn champions Taiwan’s independence during meeting with President Tsai Ing-wen, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu, and Secretary General Wellington Koo.

Senator Blackburn speaks with diplomats and officials at Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs (IDIA) and charts a path toward strong partnerships in the Indo-Pacific and away from CCP dominance.

Senator Blackburn speaks to Fox News’ Sandra Smith about the importance of backing Taiwan against Chinese Communist Party aggression.

Blackburn calls for stronger ties between the U.S. and Taiwan.

Senator Blackburn discusses her trip to Taiwan on Varney & Co.

Senator Blackburn delivers a speech on the threat posed by the New Axis of Evil to the United States and our freedom-loving partners around the globe.

Senator Blackburn introduces legislation that permits Taiwanese military diplomats and servicemembers to display their flag and wear their uniforms while at U.S. government-hosted functions.

Senator Blackburn sends a letter to President Biden demanding swift action to prevent CCP-controlled Huawei from building a semiconductor plant.

Senator Blackburn calls for strong U.S. foreign policy following the opening ceremony of the Chinese Communist Party’s 20th National Congress.

Senator Blackburn speaks to Fox News’ Sandra Smith and Jacqui Heinrich about China-Taiwan tensions and potential joint weapons production with Taiwan.

Senator Blackburn says the U.S. should strengthen relationships with countries that share our values of freedom and democracy ahead of Xi Jinping’s in-person meeting at the G-20 Summit.

Senator Blackburn raises concerns that South Korean and Japanese ports are tied to LOGINK, potentially giving the CCP information about American military hubs in the Indo-Pacific.

Senator Blackburn warns the CCP to abandon violent crackdowns on peaceful protest.

Senators Blackburn and Marshall write to the White House to demand a ban on ongoing and viral Gain-of-Function (GoF) and Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC) studies involving pathogens that could cause a pandemic.

Senator Blackburn joins Mornings with Maria to discuss the dangers posed by glorified CCP spy app TikTok.

Senator Blackburn speaks with China expert Gordon Chang about what the U.S. can do to counter the Chinese Communist Party.

Senator Blackburn’s Pacific Islands Embassies Act, which counters the CCP with strong American diplomacy, is signed into law.