On Sunday, a top Republican leader in the U.S. House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, said that he would establish a committee on China if elected House Speaker, as he accused the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) of intellectual property theft.
According to Reuters, McCarthy told Fox News that “China is the No. 1 country when it comes to intellectual property theft.”
He also condemns the Biden administration for being soft on China and not standing up to Beijing.
He added, “We will put a stop to this and no longer allow the administration to sit back and let China do what they are doing to America.”
McCarthy also told Fox News his party would “stop these police stations in America,” following a report that the CCP set up these unauthorized stations in U.S. cities.
McCarthy has a great chance to become Speaker of the House after the Republican party regained a House majority in the midterm elections this month after four years under Democrats’ control.
In 2018, the U.S. launched the China Initiative program to counter Beijing’s theft of American intellectual property as the CCP attempts to steal U.S. secrets, technology, and cutting-edge research.
But, the Department of Justice ended this program earlier this year, claiming it might improperly target Chinese people, inciting hatred for Asians.
FBI Director Christopher Wray said in January that his bureau had over 2,000 China-related cases. The agency opens a new case relating to China every 12 hours.
Wray stressed, “There is just no country that presents a broader threat to our ideas, our innovation, and our economic security than China.”
A couple of days ago, a federal court in Cincinnati sentenced a Chinese spy to 20 years in prison for espionage crimes and attempting to steal trade secrets. U.S. officials said this is a landmark case for U.S. efforts to confront Chinese economic espionage.