In an interview on former Secretary of Housing and Development Ben Carson’s podcast, Texas Representative Beth Van Duyne discussed the dangers that China poses against the United States.
“I don’t think that you can overstress the risk that China poses to the U.S. right now,” said Rep. Van Duyne.
The North Texas Congresswoman questioned America’s use of China’s manufacturing.
“Whether or not it’s deciding who’s going to be in charge of currency in the future. Whether or not we’re looking at China or the U.S. Whether or not your looking at our energy supply. If we’re all driving EV vehicles but we can’t provide an opportunity for people to be able to plug them in, and yet China is the one supplying all the materials for it, you know, what’s happening?”
Rep. Van Duyne highlighted how China has engaged in multiple trades and partnerships with countries around the world.
“Even at a much more global basis, I’ve been traveling as part of my commitment to [the] Ways and Means Committee, I’m looking at trade, and I’ve been to South Korea, I’ve been to Singapore, Cambodia, Mexico — we are losing the fight with China. China is engaged in those conversations with foreign countries around the world,” said the Texas lawmaker.
Furthermore, the congresswoman pointed out that some of those countries that have engaged in trade with China are allies of the United States.
“They are selling out their futures to China, whether or not it’s their infrastructure, whether or not it’s their rare earth minerals, China has been very aggressive and very proactive in forming those relations with our allies. And [the] U.S., especially in the last two years has just been silent,” said Rep. Van Duyne.
America’s silence on the rapidly expanding Chinese partnerships is not exclusive to Van Duyne alone. According to her, other foreign government officials have questioned the U.S.’s actions or lack thereof.
“When you talk to foreign ministers, when you talk to prime ministers around the world, they’ll tell you ‘Where is the U.S.?’”