On Wednesday, strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition came from China’s top legislature. The legislature opposes the passing of the US Innovation and Competition Act of 2021 (USICA) by the US Senate. The Chinese Foreign Affairs Committee is calling on the US government to stop advancing the bill.
Innovation and competition justified under the bill
A statement issued by the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National People’s Congress accuses the US bill of interfering in China’s internal affairs. It also accuses the US of attempting to contain China’s development, through the use of “innovation and competition.”
In order to maintain US supremacy, the bill plots to boast the so-called “China Threat Theory”, according to the statement.
The statement points out that the bill moves by taking China as the enemy under the current circumstance of turbulence and changes. Such a move is against the trend of time and is doomed to fail.
Violations arising from the bill
The Chinese statement stresses that questions regarding Taiwan are China’s core interest. Therefore, such questions are related to China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. The bill is noted to severely violate the three China-U.S. joint communiques and the one-China policy. A joint communique is basically the signing of an agreement by two countries. That is to say it legally recognizes one of the two countries to govern an area.
The statement reiterates any form of official communication between the Taiwan region and the US is resolutely opposed by China. Xinjiang, Tibet and Hong Kong are Chinese territories. Also, the statement warns that issues related to these areas are solely internal affairs. As such, China does not allow foreign interference in them.
China committed to peaceful development
According to the statement, China commits to peaceful development. The nation also commits to a bilateral relationship featuring non-confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation.
The US is strongly urged by China to treat China’s development and bilateral ties in rationally and objectively. Likewise, the Chinese government is strongly urging non-interference in its internal affairs. It urges the US to stop pushing forward the bill. Otherwise, passing this bill will further damage US-China bilateral cooperation on important areas as well as bilateral ties.
On Wednesday, Jun 9th, a senior spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry highlighted the statement at a regular press conference. The spokesperson is Deputy Director of the Foreign Ministry Information Department, Wang Wenbin.
Wang urged the US to stop promoting the bill and to withdraw its interference in China’s internal affairs. In fact, the Foreign Ministry spokesperson urges the US to cease seeing China as an imaginary enemy.
Deputy Director Wang says how the U.S. develop and improve its competitiveness should their own business. China firmly opposes the fact that the US sees China as an imaginary enemy and makes trouble out of China.
“The biggest crisis of the US is the US itself. To get its own business done well is more important than anything else.”
Wang reiterated China’s commitment to peaceful development. He says improving itself and making the Chinese people live a happier and better life is China’s goal of development. No one can deprive the Chinese people of their legitimate right to development warns Wang.
US legislation passed on Tuesday
With the intention of boosting the country’s ability to compete with Chinese technology, the US Senate passed the legislation. Politicians voted 68-32 to pass the sweeping package of legislation on Tuesday.
The US government will prohibit official devices to download the social media app TikTok. This is one of many China-related provisions under the bill. A second provision blocks the purchase of drones from companies that receive support from the Chinese government. This includes companies that manufacture and sell such drones with Chinese government backing.
There will be a US$190 billion allocation for provisions to strengthen US technology and research by a bipartisan measure. The US will increase production and research into semiconductors and telecommunications equipment. The measure will separately approve an allocation of US$50 billion for this.
US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said “This legislation will enable the United States to out-innovate, out-produce and out-compete the world in the industries of the future.”
Biden’s point of view
For US President Joe Biden to sign the bill into law, the House of Representatives must pass it beforehand.
A White House statement said President Biden applauded the Senate. The US President intends to sign the bill into law as soon as possible.
The statement says “We are in a competition to win the 21st century, and the starting gun has gone off. As other countries continue to invest in their own research and development, we cannot risk falling behind. America must maintain its position as the most innovative and productive nation on Earth.”
10th June 2021 23:00
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