Fox News: House Republicans launch China Task Force amid growing scrutiny over coronavirus response

House Republicans on Thursday launched a “China Task Force” to coordinate a strategy against the geopolitical threat from Beijing — coming amid global scrutiny over China’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced the group during a press conference.

The Washington Post, which first reported on the move, said that the group will be a clearinghouse to set priorities, gather information and coordinate approaches to the threat coming from China, including dealing with legislation.

The group will look at China's influence in the U.S., its efforts to take over international organizations, supply chains and more, along with China's role in the initial outbreak of the coronavirus.

While Democrats and Republicans have been united in seeing the coronavirus threat as an urgent challenge needed to be dealt with, and have passed a series of major bills to deal with the crisis, Republicans have placed an emphasis on the Chinese origins of the virus.

The Post reported that Democrats abandoned the new project in February, leaving Republicans to launch it alone. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, will serve as chairman, while members will include Reps. Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., and Elise Stefanik, R-NY.

McCarthy told the Post that Democrats were still welcome to join the project if they wished.

 

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