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February 18, 2021 

Cotton Presents Strategy to Navigate U.S.-China Relationship

Washington, D.C. — Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) today released a report titled: “Beat China: Target Decoupling and the Economic Long War” detailing the threat the Chinese Communist Party poses to the United States. The report offers recommendations for how the United States can decouple key strategic sectors of its economy from China, mitigate the costs of decoupling, and reorganize parts of the federal government to wage the economic long war with China. You can read the report here.

“Our economy has become far too entangled with China’s, providing the Chinese Communist Party with leverage over the U.S. government and industry. It’s past time we decoupled from China. My report provides a detailed explanation of the threat the Chinese Communist Party poses and a strategy to beat them in the economic long war,” said Cotton.

Senator Cotton joined the Reagan Institute today to unveil his report. The event may be watched here. His remarks as delivered may be found here.

A breakdown of Senator Cotton’s report is below:

  • Section One: The State of the U.S.-China Economic Relationship
    • How are the U.S. and Chinese Economics Intertwined?
    • Key Points of Reliance
  • Section Two: Targeted Decoupling
    • Objectives and Considerations for Targeted Decoupling
    • Targeted Decoupling in Practice
  • Section Three: Mitigating the Costs of Decoupling
  • Section Four: Federal Government Leadership
    • A Flawed Status Quo
    • A Path Forward