When the committee formed, House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy said it would “ensure America is prepared to tackle the economic and security challenges posed by the” Chinese Communist Party.
Khanna said he would be open to taking the position, adding that his concerns transcend national security.
“Our trade deficit with China has gone from about $80 billion a year in the 1990s to $400 billion a year,” he said Dec. 12. “We’ve lost steel production, we’ve lost aluminum production, we’ve lost paper production, we’ve lost industry after industry to China. It has hollowed the middle class and working-class in this country, and it has left us less self-reliant.”
Khanna’s claim on the figures is essentially on the money, although some experts disagree with what he says the numbers imply. …
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