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Lanhee Chen: The Right Approach to China

President Trump’s record on foreign policy over the course of his first term in office boasts some significant accomplishments and noteworthy gains.

But there’s unfinished business to do—and nowhere is that business more critical than in the efforts to redefine America’s relationship with the People’s Republic of China, tackling the single biggest geopolitical challenge America faces today.

In a potential second term, Trump should establish a single, overriding goal for his foreign policy: how America can win the “strategic competition” we are engaged in with the People’s Republic of China.

More broadly, we need to work with our friends and allies to ensure a “free and open” Indo-Pacific, the region where the most is at stake for us in the coming decades.

But it all starts with the right approach to China.

President Trump has the right team assembled to do this. The American people can give him that opportunity.

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Lanhee Chen: The Choice This November Is Clear

Both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions have ended, and Election Day is coming quickly.

Here’s what we know about the fall campaign. It will feature a true contrast in ideas and ideology.

Joe Biden has made clear that he believes in a dramatically more powerful federal government that will play a bigger role in everything from health care to energy policy. The power with Democrats today doesn’t lie with moderate leaders who want incremental change. No, it’s with far-left progressives like Bernie Sanders who are looking to transform America.

You don’t have to agree with everything Donald Trump says and does to recognize that his vision is very different. He wants a freer America, one where Washington gets out of our way. Trump’s policies will work to boost our economy, make health care more affordable, and give citizens—not government—more power to make the decisions that are best for them.

The choice this November is clear. Now it’s up to us to make our voices heard.

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Lanhee Chen: Progressivism Ascendant at Democratic Convention

The Democratic National Convention—or the virtual convention—provided for us a display of the battle going on for the heart and soul of the contemporary Democratic Party.

On the one hand we saw efforts to show moderation—for example, Republicans who are crossing over to support Joe Biden. And on the other are progressives like Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who want to remake America into a socialist haven.

But make no mistake about which side of the party is ascendant.

You need only look at Biden’s vice-presidential nominee, Kamala Harris.

She’s supported single-payer health care. She’s supported policies to decriminalize illegal border crossings. And she’s called for a Green New Deal that would raise energy prices and, yes, kill millions of jobs.

Don’t be fooled by the show you saw last week. Joe Biden and the Democrats will pursue a radical left agenda if given the chance this November.

Voters will have to make sure they do not have that chance.

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Lanhee Chen: A Clear-Eyed View of China

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave a major speech last week, outlining a new approach to dealing with China. For many years, American policymakers have assumed that as China became more prosperous, it would become freer, more open and a responsible member of the international community.

We now know these assumptions were wrong.

So what do we do about it?

The Trump Administration is proposing a more clear-eyed view of China. We must recognize that the Chinese Communist Party is espousing a morally bankrupt ideology. Communism and socialism have never worked, and never will. We must, in Pompeo’s words, “engage and empower the Chinese people.”

And we must also join with the free nations of the world to push back on the ideology of the Chinese Communist Party. Pompeo suggested a new alliance of democracies.

That’s exactly the kind of bold action we need—to meet this great challenge of our time.

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Violent Unrest and Coronavirus Concerns as Election Day Approaches


Townhall Review – July 25, 2020

Hugh Hewitt talks with NBC Correspondent Steve Kornacki about the COVID-19 effect on the 2020 Presidential Campaign.

Sebastian Gorka and Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Ken Cuccinelli talk about the makings of a real revolution going on today in some major American cities.

Mark Davis and Dr. (Admiral) Brett Giroir, Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services, talk about how we are doing as a country to get ourselves free of the pandemic.

Sebastian Gorka turns to Victor Davis Hanson, Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, about the cultural revolution.

Kevin McCullough and Lanhee Chen talk about getting our kids back to school.

Steve Cortes talks with Steven Mosher, President of the Population Research Center, about China’s responsibility for the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dennis Prager and Bjorn Lomborg talk about global warming and his book, “False Alarm.”

Larry Elder looks at news coverage of local black police officers in the cities of Portland and Minneapolis.

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Hong Kong National Security Law Penalizes Protest

A sweeping new national security law has gone into effect in Hong Kong, effectively ending the “one country, two systems” promise that had long governed its relationship with mainland China. The new law cements China’s authoritarian rule over Hong Kong and limits many freedoms of the people there.

For example, the law criminalizes a number of protest activities in Hong Kong, if they are directed at the Chinese Communist Party or the Chinese government. It also sets up a unit within the Hong Kong Police Force that has the power to search properties and perform warrantless, covert surveillance—all while using security personnel from the mainland.

We’ve gotten used to scenes of democratic protestors in the streets of Hong Kong, fighting for their rights and freedoms. Such scenes are now unlikely, given the severe penalties that the Chinese government will impose on many such activities.

It’s the sad end of an era in Hong Kong. The Chinese government’s actions demonstrate they are committed to hegemonic control of their neighborhood.

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