Inside China-Focused Congressional Hearings, Panic, Paranoia, and Hypocrisy Reign

by Megan Russell

“On June 26th, the Committee on Oversight and Accountability sat down for a Congressional Hearing titled, ‘Defending America from the Chinese Communist Party’s Political Warfare.’ This was one of many Congressional hearings aimed at tackling the ‘China threat.’ As a general premise, I didn’t have a lot of hope for the hearing. Language is crucial, and the title says it all: any action by the US is merely ‘defense’ against acts of political warfare committed by China. And still, I was disappointed. Not only was it filled with racist, paranoid rhetoric, but it was supremely unjust, lacking any level of self-awareness, and almost certainly operated solely as an agenda-pushing cover for whatever act of warfare our government sought to commit next.” (07/10/24)