Russia’s election interference and social media propaganda campaigns have overshadowed a “greater, more existential threat” from China, said Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley.
At a Judiciary hearing today on Chinese espionage activities, Grassley (R-Iowa) said the media hysteria over Russia neglects “China’s efforts to overtake the United States as the world’s preeminent superpower in all phases of society.”
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His remarks come as the Trump administration plans a major push this week to punish China over its intellectual property theft and amid increasing tensions between Washington and Beijing over charges against a top Huawei executive.
But Republicans, including President Donald Trump, have also sought to downplay the effects of Russia’s 2016 election interference campaign by increasingly pointing to China as a malign force on the world stage.
The Judiciary chairman’s severe warnings about China received the backing from others, too, including the top Democrat on the panel, Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who called China’s intellectual property theft the “most pressing economic and national security challenge” facing the U.S.