U.S. Senate Requests Chinese Grand Strategy Commission

(RoyalPatriot.com )- A group of senators from both sides of the political aisle have come together to propose creating a new commission that would be tasked with creating a plan that would detail how America should tackle all of its challenges with Communist China.

Last Friday, the bipartisan group said they wanted to create what would be known as the China Grand Strategy Commission. Its goal would be to create a comprehensive plan that would outline the ways in which the U.S. should handle issues with China.

The plans were announced by Democratic Senator Tim Kaine from Virginia, Republican Senator John Cornyn from Texas and Independent Senator Angus King from Maine.

There were 12 co-sponsors of the bill, including Democrats Richard Blumenthal from Connecticut and Joe Manchin from West Virginia, as well as Republican Kevin Kramer from North Dakota.

Almost all of the sponsors and co-sponsors sit on the Senate’s Armed Services Committee.

Their proposal would create the commission for two years. It would examine all the military, security and economic challenges that have come out of China, doing so through what they said would be a “whole-of-government approach.”

The proposed bill would be part of the 2023 National Defense Authorization Act.

It was based around a panel called the Cyberspace Solarium Commission. That commission was formed through the 2019 NDAA to provide proposals on how the United States could become secure in cyberspace.

In announcing the plan for the commission, Cornyn stated:

“Confronting threats from China is the greatest security imperative of our generation and a strategic, whole-of-government approach is the only way forward. The China Grand Strategy Commission will provide invaluable recommendations to guide our long-term approach toward China.”

In a separate statement, King said of the newly-proposed commission:

“It would harness the smartest public and private sector minds to study and evaluate on how our nations interact — striking the balance between avoiding conflict and fully pursuing our national interest. Most vitally, this commission isn’t putting a report on a shelf to collect dust; it will make actionable recommendations to develop a grand strategy across the entire government.”

“There is too much at stake to face this threat shortsightedly. We simply cannot afford an ad hoc China policy that lacks a long-term strategy without accounting for all the instruments of power.”

Under the proposal put forward, the commission would have two co-chairs, who would be chosen by the president and Congress. There would be six members from the executive branch, two members from the Senate, two members from the House of Representatives and eight members from the private sector.

King has some experience in this type of commission, having served as co-chair of the cyberspace panel. He said that the panel back then issued 80 recommendations about how the U.S. could improve cybersecurity.

He also added that 85% of the recommendations the panel made have either been partially or fully implemented.