Ben Voelkel

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), joined by Senators Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), and David Perdue (R-Ga.), published an op-ed at today outlining the need for the U.S. to develop a long-term strategy to deal with China’s rising economic and geopolitical influence. Last month, Sen. Johnson was part of a congressional delegation to China that met with some of the country’s top business and political leaders.

“China is attempting to leapfrog America in the innovation economy. The threat of it surpassing us as the world’s largest economy is not ‘if,’ but ‘when.’ Economists estimate that it could happen in the next 10 years,” the senators wrote. “China has no plans to slow its growth or restrain its quest for power and regional dominance. If America wants to maintain its influence in the world and protect its workers, consumers, businesses and values, the U.S. must act now to remain competitive.”

Full text of the op-ed can be found below, and the published piece can be found here.

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