GOP Senator Warns of ‘China Century,’ Reveals Plan to Unravel U.S.-Beijing Ties

GOP Senator Warns of ‘China Century,’ Reveals Plan to Unravel U.S.-Beijing Ties

Tennessee Sen. Marsha Blackburn has released a new white paper calling on Washington, D.C. to broadly reshape its relationship with the Chinese Communist Party amid the coronavirus crisis, warning that failure to do so may allow Beijing to set the global narrative and encourage authoritarianism worldwide.

Blackburn—a prominent China critic who has long lobbied for closer scrutiny of U.S. ties with Beijing—published her white paper Wednesday against a backdrop of deteriorating Washington-Beijing relations and the closing of the Chinese consulate in Houston.

In her paper, Blackburn describes 2020 as a “momentous” year in U.S.-China relations, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, a raft of trade tensions, territorial disputes and human rights issues.