In a rare bipartisan move, both the White House and House Democrats have come together to fight China’s nefarious influence in the Indo-Pacific region. The Washington Examiner reports:
Chinese President Xi Jinping shouldn’t dream of driving the United States from Asia and the Pacific, according a senior House Democrat.
“It’s a matter of peaceful coexistence and competition or endless conflict that could get out of hand,” Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., told the Washington Examiner.
Connolly, who sits on the Foreign Affairs subcommittee for the region, issued that warning during an interview that took place as Vice President Mike Pence attended a pair of major summits hosted by Singapore and Papua New Guinea. Pence’s message through the events was a consistent warning about China’s economic aggression, which could develop into a rare point of foreign policy unity between the Trump administration and the Democrats who will control the House next year.
“We seek an Indo-Pacific in which all nations, large and small, can prosper and thrive — secure in sovereignty, confident in our values, and growing stronger together,” Pence said at the ASEAN summit in Singapore. “We all agree that empire and aggression have no place in the Indo-Pacific.”
It is vital to start uniting against China’s plots, as it is slated to remain America’s top competitor for the next century, when all these elected officials will be gone from power.