Attorney General Barr nails it:
“Although Americans hoped that trade and investment would liberalize China’s political system, the fundamental character of the regime has never changed … It remains an authoritarian, one-party state in which the Communist Party wields absolute power, unchecked by popular elections, the rule of law, or an independent judiciary. The CCP surveils its own people and assigns them social credit scores, employs an army of government censors, tortures dissidents, and persecutes religious and ethnic minorities, including a million Uighurs detained in indoctrination and labor camps,” Barr said.
“If what happened in China stayed in China, that would all be bad enough. But instead of America changing China, China is leveraging its economic power to change America,” Barr continued. “The CCP seeks to extend its influence around the world, including on American soil.”