Kevin McCarthy has vowed that if elected House speaker, he will form a select committee targeting Beijing
US House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is shown speaking to reporters last week in Washington. © Getty Images / Alex Wong
The top Republican in the US Congress has pledged to form a special committee to investigate intellectual property theft and other alleged abuses by China if his colleagues elect him speaker when the party takes control of the House of Representatives in January.
“China is the No. 1 country when it comes to intellectual property theft,” Rep. Kevin McCarthy said Sunday in a Fox News interview. “We will put a stop to this and no longer allow the administration to sit back and let China do what they are doing to America.”
The California Republican accused President Joe Biden’s administration of failing to stand up to Beijing. He has previously suggested that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) wields undue influence over Biden, among other Democrats, and has called for an investigation of allegations that the president’s family received millions of dollars from China.
Republicans secured a slim House majority in this month’s midterm congressional elections, allowing the party to set the legislative agenda and wield subpoena power to investigate such issues as the origins of Covid-19, last year’s chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan, the illegal immigration crisis and alleged influence-peddling by the Biden family.