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EXCLUSIVE: House Republicans are warning that China’s “rapid expansion and militarization” of the Indo-Pacific is a “significant threat” to the United States and allies around the globe, while the Biden administration maintains it has made its concerns “clear” about Beijing’s “shadowy, unspecified deals” in the region.
Republican Rep. Lance Gooden led Republican colleagues Nancy Mace, Ken Buck, Lisa McClain and Louie Gohmert in a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, which was obtained by Fox News. It warned that if China is “left unchecked,” the U.S. and allies “will be unprepared and unable to respond to China’s presence in the region.”
“China’s rapid expansion and militarization of the Indo-Pacific region is a significant threat to the United States and our allies across the globe,” Gooden and his colleagues wrote.
They noted that, in recent years, China “has used coercion and intimidation to demand policy changes, assert illegal maritime claims, and threaten countries that work with the United States or our allies.
Rep. Lance Gooden, R-Texas, attends a House Financial Services Committee organizational meeting in Rayburn Building Jan. 30, 2019. (Tom