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ICYMI: Rubio Bill Provokes Record-Breaking Backlash from Chinese Media

Jun 23, 2022 | Press Releases

‘Badge of Honor’: US Senator Seeking China Oil Export Ban Welcomes Beijing’s Wrath
Eva Fu
June 22, 2022
Epoch Times
Data analytics from the past few months showed a sharp rise in attacks from Chinese media outlets and social media targeting [Senator Rubio], who has been at the forefront of calling out threats from communist China.
That includes close to 200 censorious mentions over a half year period, escalating in late March following Rubio’s speech, in which he called the Chinese Communist Party “the greatest threat facing America today,” and again in late May after the Uvalde shooting, when Rubio criticized the NBA for “politicizing a horrific tragedy in America” but refraining from talking about “the billions they make from a China that enslaves Uyghur Muslims and harvests their organs.”
“Anti-China pioneer” and “anti-China vanguard” were some of the remarks that appeared on Chinese media in that period….
Such attacks reached a new height on June 16, a day after Rubio and Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) introduced the “China Oil Export Prohibition Act” in a bid to ban the U.S. exports of oil and petroleum products to China that they said would “unwittingly aid and support our primary adversary.”

The proposed ban set off the strongest protests so far from China’s state media networks, with posts springing up labeling the senators as “infamous” and “anti-China,” a trend map analyzing the Chinese information environment showed.

Chinese internet trolls also circulated Rubio’s reaction to China’s launch of its first domestically built aircraft carrier featuring electromagnetic launch catapults, allowing it to field more varieties of aircraft with heavier payloads and more fuel.

The senator, who became subject to Beijing’s retaliatory sanction in July 2020, said seeing such language from the Chinese communist state apparatus was no surprise to him.
“I am already banned and sanctioned by Beijing, and now this,” he told The Epoch Times.
I’m not surprised—the Chinese Communist Party hates anyone who acts in the interests of America instead of China,” he said. “It is a badge of honor that the Chinese Communist Party sees me as a threat to their anti-American agenda.”
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