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GOP Lawmaker Gallagher Sensationalizes ‘China Threats’ to Wall Street, Exhibiting the ‘Most Extreme Side of US Politics’

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GOP Lawmaker Gallagher Sensationalizes ‘China Threats’ to Wall Street, Exhibiting the ‘Most Extreme Side of US Politics’

US Congressman Gallagher’s Extreme Anti-China Rhetoric Slammed as Clickbait

The US Capitol building is seen in Washington, DC., on November 4, 2022. Photo: Xinhua

The US Capitol building is seen in Washington, DC., on November 4, 2022. Photo: Xinhua

“China Threats” Advocate Gallagher Sparks Outrage with Divisive Rhetoric

Republican Congressman Mike Gallagher, who has been known for his hawkish stance towards China, is once again facing criticism for promoting extreme views and hyping up tension between the US and China. His recent call for chip export restrictions and support for “decoupling” has drawn ire from Chinese analysts who see it as an example of the most irrational and barbaric side of US politics.

Wall Street Visit to Discuss Bipartisan Concerns on China’s Aggression

Gallagher, as the Republican chair of the House’s China Select Committee, recently participated in war games simulations in relation to the Taiwan Straits and led a delegation to Wall Street to discuss growing concerns about China’s aggression. According to his New York Post article, the simulations revealed limited non-military options for the US to prevent a potential mainland Chinese invasion of Taiwan, citing critical supply-chain dependencies as a hindrance to effective deterrence.

Alleged Language Barrier Between Washington and Wall Street

Gallagher’s article also criticized Wall Street for not aligning with the US government’s stance on China, stating that many business leaders treat China as a friend or a trusted partner. He argues for the need to “diversify critical supply chains out of China” and halt funding for China’s military modernization. Moreover, Gallagher accused Beijing of criminalizing routine business practices that are essential for fulfilling obligations to investors and shareholders.

Critics Slam Gallagher’s Extreme Views as Detrimental

Chinese analysts, such as Lü Xiang from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, argue that politicians like Gallagher represent an ignorant and aggressive faction that seeks to undermine China in every way possible. They note that these extreme views extend beyond China-US relations and manifest in opposition to green energy transition and other domestic issues within the US. Such politicians are seen as embodying the most barbaric side of American politics.

Hawks’ Attempt to Influence Wall Street’s Perception of China

Analysts highlight that figures like Gallagher are disliked within the financial and business sectors in the US. These hawks resort to tactics like war games and sensationalized statements to sway Wall Street’s perception of China. However, it is important to note that Gallagher does not represent the US government, nor does he hold decision-making power. China, in turn, does not consider his views when determining how to engage with the US government.

China’s Commitment to People-to-People Engagements

China has long been dedicated to promoting people-to-people engagements with the US, and Wall Street’s interests are closely tied to the health of China-US relations. Constructive and stable relations are highly desired by Wall Street. Currently, a bipartisan delegation of senators, led by US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, is visiting China, and Chinese authorities anticipate that this visit will foster a more objective understanding of China within the US Congress and increase dialogue and communication.

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