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The United States plans to spend billions of dollars to counter China

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WASHINGTON: The United States plans a massive spending plan to counter China. According to the Senate, China is America’s biggest geopolitical and geoeconomic challenge and passed the United States Competition and Innovation Act of 2021 to spend more than $ 250 billion to ensure that the United States remains on top in terms of technological research and production.
The bill is a rare point of agreement between Republicans and Democrats. In a vote, 68 of the 100 members of the Senate supported the measure, with 32 against. The Senate is evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats, and experts say the vote shows how the two political parties are united in the need to counter Beijing’s economic and military ambitions. Supporters say the package is one of the largest industrial bills in American history and the largest investment in scientific research the country has seen in decades.
The bill aimed to bolster US competitiveness with China with a variety of measures. The key idea is this, from Section 3005, which says: “The United States must ensure that all federal departments and agencies are organized to reflect the fact that strategic competition with the People’s Republic of China is the greatest geopolitical and geoeconomic challenge. from the United States. ”
To meet that challenge, the Senate authorized $ 190 billion in the budget to massively increase R&D at universities and other institutions and drive innovations in artificial intelligence, drones, and other emerging technologies. To create a US version of China’s Special Economic Zones, $ 10 billion will be invested in “regional technology centers.” For the expansion of domestic semiconductor production, $ 52 billion has been provided. More than $ 23 billion has also been earmarked for space exploration and the development of space industries.
The bill includes several China-specific provisions, including a ban on the social media app “Tik Tok” from being downloaded to government devices. The purchase of drones manufactured and sold by Chinese state-owned companies would also be blocked by the legislation. Chinese organizations involved in American cyberattacks or the theft of American intellectual property from American companies would also face sanctions.
The bill also calls for sanctions for human rights abuses in Xinjiang province and abuses against Uyghurs are mentioned multiple times along with a diplomatic boycott of the upcoming 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.
The bill also commissions a new study on the origins of COVID-19, which specifically requires an answer to the question of whether the virus comes from a laboratory leak or is zoonotic.
China responded to the bill by describing it “exaggerated the ‘threat from China'” and rebuked the United States for perceiving China “as an imaginary enemy.” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin suggested that the bill could undermine these efforts, saying it was “full of cold war and zero-sum thinking and goes against the public aspiration in both countries to strengthen exchanges and cooperation “.
“The China-related content of the bill passed by the US Senate distorts the facts and smears China’s development path and its internal and external policies,” he said. “It exaggerates the ‘threat from China,’ advocates traditional competition with China, and seriously interferes with China’s internal affairs in Taiwan.”
Meanwhile, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin also issued an internal directive calling for various initiatives to counter China’s time to see how it will work.
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