Young’s bipartisan bill enlists allies support in deterring rise of China

U.S. Sen. Todd Young (R-IN) is cosponsoring a bipartisan bill that would ensure the United States coordinates more effectively with its allies to take a comprehensive, unified approach in dealing with China.

“A unified approach with our partners in the region is necessary if we plan to tackle China’s unfair trade practices,” said Sen. Young.

The lawmaker on Sept. 25 introduced the Indo-Pacific Cooperation Act of 2019, S. 2547, with bill sponsor U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) and cosponsor U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH) to require the U.S. to partner with allies in the Indo-Pacific region and Europe to develop a coordinated approach to address “deterring significant diplomatic, economic, and military challenges posed by the People’s Republic of China,” according to the text of the bill.

“The People’s Republic of China is leveraging military modernization, influence operations, and predatory economics to coerce neighboring countries to reorder the Indo-Pacific region to the advantage of the People’s Republic of China,” according to the text. “As the People’s Republic of China continues its economic and military ascendance, asserting power through a whole of government long-term strategy, the People’s Republic of China will continue to pursue a military modernization program that seeks Indo-Pacific regional hegemony in the near-term and displacement of the United States to achieve global preeminence in the future.”

Sen. Young said that while “Hoosiers support the president’s boldness to stand up to China,” he thinks that other countries also must start “doing their part to escalate the economic pressure against China.”

“This legislation would help protect U.S. interests by enlisting the efforts of our allies,” Sen. Young said.

S. 2547 has been referred for consideration to the U.S. Senate  Foreign Relations Committee.