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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

2003

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

109th Congress

2005

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

2007

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

112th Congress

2011

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

2013

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

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116th Congress

2019

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

Read WSJ Op-Ed