About the episode

Mike Gallagher is a 2nd term U.S. Congressman representing the Green Bay area of Wisconsin.  He’s a former Marine Officer and decorated Iraq War veteran who has become a leading voice in foreign policy, on China in particular.  He’s a Princeton graduate with a doctorate in international relations from Georgetown.

He joins host Luke Knittig for a discussion on his proposed legislation to provide Hong Kongers special refugee statue, how he views  US-China relations as a cold war, the state of American democracy and much more.

Episode highlights

ON EMERGENCY LEGISLATION FOR HONG KONG

“With a potential Tiananmen Square-like purge looming in Hong Kong I think the free world needs to step up and save as many Hong Kongers as possible.”

ON COUNTERING THE CHINESE COMMUNIST PARTY (CCP)

“At the end of the day I think the only way we win this long-term competition with the CCP is if we’re working hand-in-hand with our allies around the world.”

ON McCAIN & REAGAN LEGACY OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN FOREIGN POLICY

“The idea that we need to put human rights at the forefront of our foreign policy and that by leveraging our values we can actually have an outsized effect on the world… that is something I learned from Senator John McCain.”

ON THE CHINA TASK FORCE IN CONGRESS 

“This doesn’t have to be a partisan thing.  Figuring out how we smartly push back against the CCP’s aggression, figuring out how we protect human rights, how we protect our economy, how we protect our allies in the Indo Pacific.”

ON AMERICAN DEMOCRACY

“We need to spend as much if not more time understanding and appreciating what is exceptional about America… what are the enduring sources of our strength because ultimately that’s how we’re going to win.”

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