Bill Aims To Block Chinese Influence On US State Department

Amid escalating global tensions and China’s potential threat to Taiwan, U.S. lawmakers are taking steps to prevent foreign interference in American governance. Rep. Mark Green (R-TN), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, has put forward a new bill specifically targeting the influence of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

The proposed legislation, known as the No CCP Consultants Act, aims to restrict the CCP’s reach within the U.S. government. It seeks to block the secretary of state from engaging with representatives of adversarial governments, notably China and Russia.

Green voiced his concerns about the CCP’s espionage activities to The Epoch Times. “We must guard against the Chinese Communist Party and its web of espionage,” he stated.

The bill would make it illegal for various Chinese entities, including the military, security, and intelligence sectors, as well as any Russian-owned operations, to provide consultation to the State Department. This would also extend to any companies sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department.

“Anyone who has the CCP as a client better be aware of the kind of regime they’re getting into business with,” Green asserted. He strongly criticized the CCP’s tactics of cyber attacks, misinformation, and weakening of U.S. and allied powers.

Tensions regarding China’s sway in the U.S. heightened following a CCP espionage act involving a spy balloon over American soil in February 2023. This incident coincided with a significant cyber breach when over 60,000 State Department emails were hacked as Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Chinese officials.

Green called the CCP a “direct threat to our national security,” accusing it of stealing advanced U.S. technologies. He highlighted China’s extensive involvement in various sectors of American society, from technology and agriculture to the country’s financial systems.