ICYMI: Rubio Exposes Chinese Labor Abuses Abroad
Feb 14 2022
China is successfully exporting its authoritarian practices globally
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)
February 13, 2022
We are all aware of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP’s) horrific human rights abuses within China…. What is not widely reported is that the Party is also successfully exporting its abusive, authoritarian practices across the globe.
The CCP’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) sends Chinese companies and laborers throughout the developing world to work on infrastructure projects…. Across much of the globe, Chinese companies working on BRI projects are committing labor abuses on a large scale….
In Ecuador and Peru, Chinese miners have arbitrarily detained and beaten native citizens—in a Zambian coal mine, they even opened fire on workers to shut down a protest. Chinese construction corporations are notorious, too, known for violating locals’ land rights in Cambodia, Laos, and Fiji…. In 2016, Amnesty International found that the Chinese company Huayou Cobalt was using 40,000 enslaved children—some as young as seven years old—to mine for critical minerals in the Democratic Republic of the Congo…. These are just a few examples of China’s horrid practices and subversive influence.
Chinese nationals are not safe abroad from abuse, either. On the contrary, interviews conducted with BRI workers in different countries show that once overseas, Chinese nationals have their passports confiscated and are subjected to overwork, lack of pay, intimidation, and more….
Countries across the globe should not allow their people to be abused, and their governments to be bullied and marginalized, by a totalitarian regime. Their leaders must reject one-sided “deals” that would undermine their national sovereignty and the well-being of their citizens….