UPDATED 8:46 AM PT – Saturday, October 30, 2021
Top Republicans warned Joe Biden may be in a weak position heading into the G20 summit with international leaders. On Friday, ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) said Biden needs to prioritize America’s national security in his talks.
McCaul urged Biden to specifically steer the conversation to look into the global threat posed by the Chinese Communist Party as it’s been making headway in its economic and military goals. He highlighted intelligence reports claiming China successfully launched a hypersonic missile.
“I think this Sputnik moment need to be addressed by the international community and we need to look at international treaties,” said the Texas lawmaker. “We have no treaties with China when it comes to ballistic missiles with these hypersonics now. Their capability has exceeded what our Intelligence Community thought they were capable of doing.”
The Republican went on to say the U.S. needs to coordinate a new start-style agreement on limiting nuclear weapons that includes both Russia and China.
Additionally, McCaul blasted Biden’s energy policies while alleging he’s weakening America’s energy sector. He pointed to Biden pushing for new crude oil from OPEC, which he said is not as clean as American energy. He also noted that Biden is allowing allowing Russia to develop their Nord Stream 2 pipeline while alleging Russia has more lax environmental standards.
Additionally, McCaul hopes the international community can rally together and reel in China, who is the worlds biggest polluter.
“China, as we know, is one of the number one polluters in the world, I would say number one…they’re firing coal power plants up every week,” explained McCaul. “…If they can hold China accountable, that would make sense.”
The Republican also touched on America’s commitment to defending Taiwan from Chinese aggression. On Thursday, Taiwan’s president claimed American troops were in the nation helping train Taiwanese military forces. China objected to U.S.-Taiwanese relations, reiterating its claim Taiwan was a part of Mainland China’s jurisdiction and warned trying to make Taiwan independent is a “dead end.”
McCaul hammered home the point that America needs to establish a strong deterrence strategy, so China doesn’t try to invade Taiwan.
“We can talk about the democracy and freedom issues, and the fact that Taiwan is a great intelligence asset for us in the region,” he noted. “But if we don’t show that deterrence, if it gets to that breaking point where all of a sudden the CCP is moving in, are we really going to be there as a nation and as allies to stop it?”
The Republican’s warnings come as Biden is expected to represent America at two big international summits over the weekend. Biden had wanted to pass his Build Back Better agenda before he left to show world leaders his capabilities. However, his twin bills have stalled in Congress amid fighting within his own party and opposition from the GOP.