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ICYMI: Rubio: Inaction on China’s Aggression is Not Acceptable

Oct 15, 2019 | Press Releases

ICYMI: China wants to completely supplant the US – We can’t allow it to hold the world hostage
By U.S. Senator Marco Rubio
October 15, 2019
Fox News
 
Over the past several days, Americans have seen exactly how China uses access to its vast domestic market as leverage to coerce American companies thanks to a now-deleted tweet by Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey in support of Hong Kong.
 

 
As shocking as CCTV’s statement is to most Americans, NBA star LeBron James took a different approach on Monday, saying, “We do have freedom of speech, but there can be a lot of negatives that come with that too.” He assailed Morey’s pro-Hong Kong tweet as “misinformed and not educated.”
 
Not all athletes agree, but far too many in business with China have made their loyalties crystal clear; and that is par for the course when it comes to dealing with Beijing’s authoritarian regime. It also does not even begin to describe the scope of the threat posed by the Chinese government and Communist Party.
 

 
We cannot view these incidents in isolation. We must view Beijing’s bullying on speech, expression and technology as a means to an end: China wants to completely supplant America and other advanced industrial democracies and become the world’s dominant country, economically, militarily, and culturally.
 
By pursuing short-term Chinese economic integration, many American companies are now complicit in a system that violently suppresses political dissent and normalizes mass incarceration of ethnic and religious minorities, live organ harvesting, and mass surveillance. And they are laying the groundwork for their own demise and America’s fall. They forfeit any claim they might have to a clean conscience for short-term gain. This must end.
 
Inaction is not an acceptable response. In response to last week’s aggression, we should consider using existing laws and regulations, such as applying statues from the 1970s to counter unsanctioned foreign boycotts, to defend America’s interests and hit back against China’s hostile and coercive actions against U.S. citizens and companies.
 
Similarly, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) should revisit past examples of China leveraging market access into self-censorship, including in TikTok’s 2014 acquisition of the American social media company Musical.ly.
 
More broadly, we must confront the economic threat posed by China and our own economic weakness. Unless we act — policymakers, business leaders, and consumers alike — we simply embolden the Chinese Communist Party to hold the world hostage when it doesn’t get its way. And we condemn our nation to a future in which China sets the rules for our economy, our workers, and our culture.
 
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