JD VANCE, Senator for Ohio

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator JD Vance (R-OH) commented on U.S. competition with communist China during a hearing held by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. 

“My fear here with all things China and the United States when it comes to these international programs, is that we often make these commitments and we follow through on these commitments – I don’t know if we’re trying to be good global citizens or we’re just trying to honor our word – but very often these voluntary commitments are not followed by the communist Chinese,” said Senator Vance. “And in particular, a very real worry I have is, we all believe in technology, we all believe in the importance of moving an American industry into the technological future, but if we allow the Chinese to operate their industrial economy more cheaply than in the United States, we’re offshoring the very basis of technological innovation.

“You can’t have technological innovation if you’re offshoring so much of your industry to China. If we’re making American industry more expensive and we’re making Chinese industry cheaper, then that strikes me as a really bad deal for American consumers, a really bad deal for American technologists, and ultimately a really bad deal for our national security.”

Watch Senator Vance’s comments here: