The United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee will be holding a meeting on April 14 to consider draft bills to push back against China’s expanding global influence.

As revealed by the U.S Senate sources and first reported by Reuters, the 283 pages draft measure titled “Strategic Competition Act of 2021” aims to address economic competition with China, but also humanitarian and democratic values, such as the treatment of the minority Muslim Uighurs, suppression of dissent in Hong Kong and aggression in the South China Sea.

It was introduced by Senators Bob Menendez, the committee’s Democratic chairman, and Jim Risch, its ranking Republican.

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It was released to committee members overnight to allow a markup, a meeting during which the panel will discuss amendments and vote, in a week.

The draft measure targets a range of diplomatic and strategic initiatives to counteract Beijing and enable the country to “prioritize the military investments necessary to achieve United States political objectives in the Indo-Pacific.”

Also, the bill mandates Washington to encourage allies to do more to check Beijing’s “aggressive and assertive behavior.” And it calls on every federal department and agency to designate a senior official to coordinate policies with respect to strategic competition with China.

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“The United States must ensure that all Federal departments and agencies are organized to reflect the fact that strategic competition with the PRC is the United States top foreign policy priority,” the draft said, using the acronym for the People’s Republic of China.

However, in the course of the meetings, the process has reflected a hard-line sentiment on dealings with China from both Democrats and Republicans in Congress.

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Just this week, Washington and Beijing have countered each other in a race for supremacy in the sea area of Taiwan.

The US earlier warned China against what the Philippines and Taiwan see as increasingly aggressive moves and restated that Washington’s commitment to Taiwan is “rock solid”.

China, on the other hand, blamed Washington for the tensions, saying its aircraft carrier group was exercising close to the island and rhetorically questioned why the US would want to make a show of strength.

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