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U.S. Panel Urges Stronger Defense Against ‘Triumphalist’ China

  • Annual report says China’s assertive behavior will intensify
  • Likelihood of conflict over Taiwan is increasing, panel says
A large screen displays China's President Xi Jinping during a virtual summit with U.S. President Joe Biden, not seen, during the evening CCTV news broadcast outside a shopping mall in Beijing on Nov. 16. 

A large screen displays China's President Xi Jinping during a virtual summit with U.S. President Joe Biden, not seen, during the evening CCTV news broadcast outside a shopping mall in Beijing on Nov. 16. 

Photographer: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

The U.S. should bolster its ability to deter a Chinese attack against Taiwan and strengthen its oversight of Chinese companies as it faces an increasingly “triumphalist” and “aggressive” China, a bipartisan panel told Congress Wednesday.

A 539-page report by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission -- created by Congress specifically to track and anticipate threats from China -- said the Chinese Communist Party’s assertive behavior was likely to intensify as the country’s leaders confront a gap between triumphalist rhetoric at home and challenges from growing debt to technological dependence on the U.S. and criticism of its handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.