WASHINGTON - US Senate Democrats plan to announce their own program to counter China's global influence on Thursday, unveiling sweeping legislation seeking to boost US competitiveness and recast diplomacy with Beijing, according to a summary of the measure seen by Reuters.
Prospects for passing the legislation were not clear because President Donald Trump's fellow Republicans hold a majority of seats in the Senate and control which legislation is considered there.
Relations with China have become an issue in campaigning for the US elections in November 3, in which Trump is running for re-election and control of Congress is also up for grabs. Trump and his fellow Republicans have sought to portray Democrats as weak on China, which Democrats dispute.
The "America LEADS Act of 2020" would, among other things, provide new resources to the US education system, and renew US diplomacy with China by strengthening the US commitment to international allies and international organizations like the World Health Organization.
It also would strengthen trade enforcement measures and restore an emphasis on human rights, related to issues such as protests in Hong Kong and the treatment of Uighurs in Xinjiang.
The Democrats' plan was first reported in the New York Times.