Strategic rivalry between U.S. and China to be discussed by Congressman Rob Wittman at online meeting on January 25

D.J. Eaton
Congressman Rob Wittman is a Republican from Virginia.Photo by(United States House of Represetntatives/Wikimedia Commons)

The strategic competition between the U.S. and China will be discussed by Congressman Rob Wittman at a public online conference on January 25 at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. A link to the event, which will be streamed on YouTube, can be obtained by registering at Eventbrite.

Wittman, a Republican representing Virginia’s first congressional district, serves on the House Armed Services Committee. He is the leading Republican on its Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee. Wittman also belongs to the U.S. Naval Academy’s Board of Visitors. In 2018, Wittman spoke at the Hudson Institute about the challenges which American naval power faced from China and other nations. His remarks can be found on YouTube.

On July 29, 2021, Wittman was put on the House Republican China Task Force. At that time, he said, "We can no longer deny the obvious. We live in an era of Great Power Competition, and our greatest competitor is Communist China. Should the United States fail to heed this threat, then we risk ceding our global primacy to the People’s Republic of China."

The virtual event on January 25 is being hosted by the Project 2049 Institute. On its website, the organization described itself as "a nonprofit research organization focused on promoting American values and security interests in the Indo-Pacific region. We specialize in open-source research using Chinese language sources to inform policy debate and advance public education. Our core mission is to create and disseminate knowledge that makes the region more peaceful and prosperous."

Randall Schriver, the institute's co-founder and current chairman, is also scheduled to speak at the event. He was Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs from January 2018 to December 2019. Prior to that, he worked at the U.S. embassies in China and Mongolia.

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