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10/17/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/17/2021 11:25

Gallagher Statement on Reports of Chinese Hypersonic Missile Test

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) today released the following statement following reportsthat China conducted a hypersonic missile test.

"This test should serve as a call to action. If we stick to our current complacent course--or place our hopes in bankrupt buzzwords like "integrated deterrence"--we will lose the New Cold War with Communist China within the decade. The People's Liberation Army now has an increasingly credible capability to undermine our missile defenses and threaten the American homeland with both conventional and nuclear strikes. Even more disturbing is the fact that American technology has contributed to the PLA's hypersonic missile program.

"We know from a recent Washington Post report that Phytium uses US-derived technology to power a military supercomputer that models hypersonic flight. While the Biden administration rightly placed Phytium on the Commerce Department's Entity List, it has not applied the Foreign Direct Product Rule that was successfully used to counter Huawei. As a result, US-derived technology produced by TSMC still enables Phytium's malign work. This needs to change.

"Phytium is just the beginning. The US government has long failed to apply maximum pressure against the Chinese Communist Party's Military-Civil Fusion strategy. With our homeland now exposed, in part, by advanced technology derived from Military-Civil Fusion, we need to aggressively decouple from anything associated with Military-Civil Fusion. We must end joint ventures, investments, and research collaborations that involve areas associated with Military-Civil Fusion. We also need to stop the flow of Wall Street capital into Chinese tech.

"American entities have a clear choice: they can side with our country, or they can side with the genocidal communist regime that now threatens our cities. They can't do both. It is time to choose."