Tom Cotton calls Commerce Sec. Gina Raimondo leader of ‘China Lobby’

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America’s dependence on China is ‘not sustainable and must be ended,’ writes Cotton

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Tom Cotton, R-Ark. wrote a scathing op-ed on Tuesday calling President Biden’s Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo the leader of the “China lobby.”

In an excerpt for the National Review, Cotton argued that China is the most aggressive and prolific abuser of free trade anywhere in the world, and that Raimondo is contributing to his predicament by further complicating our economies.

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raimondo told the Wall Street Journal Last month that she wants to improve US trade ties with China, and she plans to lead a delegation of US CEOs to seek trade and discuss longstanding trade issues.

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“Secretary Raimondo is not only doing the bidding of the China lobby – he is actively recruiting for it,” cotton written. “In an irresistible feedback loop, American businesses move to China, hooked on cheap Chinese capital and labor, turn a blind eye to the CCP’s human rights abuses and theft of technology, and then to greater entanglement with the PRC. Let’s lobby in Washington.”

“Perhaps the most outrageous, Secretary Raimondo is stressed That ‘there is no point in talking about isolating our economy from China’, he added. “In just seven words, Raimondo threw all his gains into negotiations with China.

“The potential for economic disintegration is one of the strongest threats the United States can pose to China,” he said. “It would cost China trillions of dollars and provide access to the most reliable and desirable market for Chinese businesses. Taking it off the table, Raimondo guaranteed that negotiations would fail before they even started.”

Cotton argued that economic disengagement from China, while disruptive, is both possible and “badly necessary”, and that the United States’ reliance on the communist country for everything from medicine to machine tools is “not sustainable.” And it must be ended.”


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