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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee has scheduled a meeting on April 14 to consider bipartisan legislation to boost the country's ability to push back against China's expanding global influence, a Senate aide said on Thursday.
The draft measure, seen by Reuters on Thursday and titled the "Strategic Competition Act of 2021," among other things says Washington must encourage allies to do more to check Beijing's "aggressive and assertive behavior" and says every federal department and agency should designate a senior official to coordinate policies with respect to strategic competition with China.
It is 283 pages long.
(Reporting by David Brunnstrom and Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Toby Chopra)
China tries to wear down its neighbors with pressure tactics .
With military flights, maritime militia patrols and sand dredging, China is pressuring Taiwan, the Philippines and other Southeast Asian neighbors.The confrontations fall short of outright military action without shots being fired, but Beijing's aggressive moves are gradually altering the status quo, laying the foundation for China to potentially exert control over contested territory across vast stretches of the Pacific Ocean, the officials and experts say.