Yesterday, I testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee — the first time that I had ever appeared before a Congressional committee.
As for the purpose of the hearing, the title says it all: “Investigating the Chinese Threat, Part One: Military and Economic Aggression.” Topics addressed included the military modernization, cyber espionage, and trade policies, among others.
My testimony examined China’s recent behavior in the South China Sea, a topic that I’ve been writing a lot about lately.
As a witness, I was asked to prepare and submit a written statement, of any length. During the hearing, however, I only had five minutes to speak. For an academic used to lecturing for 50 minutes several times a week, that is the equivalent of asking a chef to cook without salt.