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China’s “Malign Influence” in Global South Emerges as Key Theme in U.S. House Hearings

Witnesses sworn in before the first hearing on national security and Chinese threats to America held by the House Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on February 28, 2023. ROBERTO SCHMIDT / AFP

The new Republican leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives convened a pair of hearings on China Tuesday that laid out a lengthy list of concerns and grievances about Beijing’s “malign influence” around the world.

The inaugural hearing of the Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party was more focused on specific U.S.-China issues where the committee heard testimony from Trump administration national security officials, a Chinese democracy activist and a representative of the U.S. manufacturing association.

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