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EAGLE Act: US Congressman’s strategy to counter China

Gregory W Meeks said the EAGLE Act was introduced with the aim of bolstering an international order that had safeguarded American interests

A top US Congressman has introduced new legislation named the “Ensuring American Global Leadership and Engagement” or EAGLE Act, which aims to counter the policy challenges posed by China.

The EAGLE Bill addresses a wide range of issues, including increased investment to promote US manufacturing, trade, and re-engagement in international organisations. The bill calls for increased US support for Taiwan and pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong.

“I am proud to introduce the ‘Ensuring American Global Leadership and Engagement’ Act, groundbreaking legislation that reinvigorates American institutions and competitiveness at home and American diplomacy abroad to effectively respond to the China challenge,” said Congressman Gregory W Meeks Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Meeks said that the EAGLE Act was introduced with the aim to bolster an international order that had safeguarded American interests and contributed to the maintenance of global peace.

“The People’s Republic of China (PCR) increasingly seeks to undermine that rules-based order and challenge America`s place in it. We must leverage America`s true strengths and focus on the real challenges posed by the PRC,” he said.

A foreign house committee release stated that the EAGLE act authorised an increase in US Department of State resources devoted to the Indo-Pacific and presented blueprints to enhance American engagement.

The act reinforces the US’s commitment to engagement with partners and allies through bilateral and trilateral engagement as well as through the Quadrilateral Dialogue.

The EAGLE Act seeks to spur US strategic and economic competitiveness on the world stage through climate action, vaccine diplomacy, development finance, and digital and cyber partnerships.

Furthermore, it holds China, the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gasses, accountable on climate, to ensure that it plays a constructive role in the climate fight.

“Reinforces commitment to American values by responding to the PRCs human rights violations, imposing costs on China for its use of Uyghur forced labor, and providing temporary protected and refugee status for qualifying Hong Kongers; and Strengthens Americas economic diplomacy and statecraft in order to shape the economic rules that govern global commerce, empower American workers and businesses, and invest in the technologies of the future,” the House Committee release said.

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