A U.S. lawmaker has slammed China for its aggression against Taiwan, saying the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is dangerous than the Soviet Union of the 1980s while calling for the United States government to counteract the regime.
Appearing on Newsmax’s “National Report” on Friday, Nov. 26, Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-N.Y.) said that the United States must stand up against China’s aggressive behavior and in other matters.
“We need to stand up as Americans and realize this is the enemy not only of the United States but to the world, the world’s norms and the world’s rules-based order,” Tenney said.
“China could take over Taiwan in probably a matter of hours if they chose to do that,” she said. “China is very emboldened, very aggressive.”
“They’re moving in across the world, whether it’s in the African nations, whether it’s in southeast Asia … they’re using their economic strength and their global dominance to leverage these countries. They’re giving them through their Belt and Road Initiative … through infrastructure, to leverage their support for the Chinese Communist Party,” Tenney explained.
However, the Republican congresswoman said that the United States did not stand up for Hong Kong.
“We allowed that to happen, and so many other aggressive behaviors that China has taken. Now is the time to act,” she said.
The New York lawmaker commented after five House representatives visited Taiwan to meet President Tsai Ing-wen and other leaders and show support for the country which it is facing pressure from China.
The bipartisan group of delegation includes Reps. Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.), Mark Takano (D-Calif.), Colin Allred (D-Texas), Sara Jacobs (D-Calif.), and Nancy Mace (R-S.C.). This is the second group to travel to Taiwan in recent weeks.
During the interview with Newsmax, Tenney said she is also concerned about Russia’s growing threat to Ukraine following the reports that Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky said his country had uncovered a Russian plot to stage a coup and overthrow his government.
Tenney said that House Republicans are asking for reinforcement in troops and intelligence to make sure a coup does not happen in Ukraine.
“Certainly the Russians are going to deny it, but we know that they would be behind it,” she said. “When they took over Crimea in 2014 over 14,000 people were killed. So this could be a very violent conflict if we don’t show that we’re going to be strong.”
Tenney said that she hopes Secretary of State Antony Blinken would stand by his words and seek support from NATO allies to back Ukraine after he warned Russia against making a “serious mistake” where Ukraine is concerned.
“I don’t see a lot happening, but we’re hoping that the Biden administration will continue to show some strength in this,” Tenney said.
Tenney also said she is concerned that the United States’ enemies are “emboldened” after the debacle in Afghanistan, but the Biden administration has shown a lack of response.
“Obviously, we’re not looking for an escalation,” she said. “We’re looking to tamp it down more intelligence, so we know exactly what’s happening at the border. I mean, these people aren’t coming into the border for and causing disruption along the Ukrainian west border for peace.
“They are obviously backing something, and we need to know more of what that is, and I think that showing more strength, actually sending troops there, I think would be helpful,” she said.