Biden projecting ‘weakness and not strength’ on China in wake of Afghanistan withdrawal: McCaul

Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, rips lack of accountability for record-breaking illegal immigration and proposal that would give ‘up to a million dollars per family.’ EXCLUSIVE: The top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee is publicly pushing back on the Biden administration’s assessment of the imminent threat China poses to the U.S. and its allies, saying that the Biden administration’s weakness on foreign policy in wake of the Afghanistan withdrawal is "empowering and emboldening" America’s enemies.

Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, the ranking member on the committee, spoke exclusively with Fox News following his remarks on a panel at the Aspen Security Forum in Washington, D.C. Thursday.


He called the Biden administration’s Afghanistan withdrawal "one of the biggest foreign policy crises that I’ve seen in my tenure in Congress," pointing to the long term ramification of giving China a way into the country. "And we know that China is in Afghanistan," he warned. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) "And my prediction is they’re going to take over Bagram [Air Base], which was really our eyes and ears in terms of insider capability, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance. Now we have no eyes and ears on Russia, China and Iran, and the idea that China is going to actually take over Bagram is a real, real slap in the face."

Security experts have warned that the United States’ abrupt and deadly departure from Afghanistan could embolden its adversaries, particularly China, to become more aggressive towards other nations in the region.

However, when asked about whether he thought China was preparing to make a move on Taiwan within the near future on Wednesday, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said he didn’t believe China would make any move to attempt to annex Taiwan within the next 24 months. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley testifies before a House Armed Services Committee hearing on the conclusion of military operations in Afghanistan at the Rayburn House Office building on Capitol Hill on September 29, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Olivier Douliery – Pool/Getty Images) (Olivier Douliery – Pool/Getty Images)

"Based on my analysis of China, I don’t think that it is likely in the next, near future being defined as the next six, 12, maybe 24 months … Having said that, though, the Chinese are clearly and unambiguously building a capability to provide those options to their national leadership if they so choose at some point in the future," Milley said at the Aspen Security Forum.

McCaul disputed Milley’s assessment, telling Fox News on Thursday that the threat against Taiwan from China is "very real." In addition, he said the two-year prediction by Milley "is very generous," especially in the aftermath of the Afghanistan withdrawal and weak positioning of the U.S. on the world stage.

"I think two years is […]

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