The United States is planning to take more steps against China, the White House has said, although it has not been made clear what such presidential actions will be. After the advent of the novel coronavirus, ties between Washington and Beijing have spiraled downward. The handing over of Covid-19 to the Asian superpower has been challenged by US President Donald Trump.
The two countries have also sparred over China imposing a new national security law in Hong Kong, restrictions on American journalists, treatment of Uyghurs Muslims and security measures in Tibet. “I’m not going to get ahead of the president on what our China initiatives are going to be, but you’re going to hear about some potential China-related activities. Yeah, I can confirm that,” Wednesday’s White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters.
“Yeah, what the Chinese Communist Party does is not just in Hong Kong. It affects you all. It affects how we work in the U.S. and we can’t let that happen,” O’Brien told reporters. Congressman Matt Gaetz said in a tweet that the US needs to be more robust, more vigilant and more mindful of China’s becoming an enemy.
“We shouldn’t benefit the enemy by using the U.S. dollar to fund their U.S. companies and operations,” Gaetz said.