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VIDEO: On Ingraham Angle, Rubio Discusses China’s Growing Influence, Telecommunications Threats to U.S. National Security

May 15, 2018 | Press Releases

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) appeared on Fox News’ The Ingraham Angle to discuss China’s growing influence and telecommunications threats to U.S. national security interests.
Last week, Rubio delivered remarks on the Senate floor and introduced legislation to protect American workers from China’s economic aggression.  Rubio also recently wrote an op-ed on his legislation, outlining how to counter these economic tools of aggression used by Beijing.
A partial and rough transcript of Rubio’s remarks are transcribed below.
RUBIO: Well yeah. First of all I don’t feel bad for these companies because frankly they’ve benefited greatly and continue to benefit greatly from the theft of intellectual property and cheating, which is what the Chinese government does on behalf of their companies. What is really concerning is telecommunications is one of the 10 or 12 industries that China intends to dominate the world in. And so to be selling American technology to ZTE is going to allow them to get it and then reverse engineer it and then they’ll make it themselves and they won’t need us anymore. They do that in every industry.
But remember this enforcement action against ZTE was not a trade issue. It was because they got caught helping North Korea and helping Iran evade sanctions,  and they were punished for it. But, frankly, we should not be in the business – ZTE should not be operating unfettered in the United States, and they shouldn’t have access to American technology.

No, because without national security you have no economy. And in the case of China, part of our national security threat is that they intend to wipe out United States industries in 10 key sectors. It’s called “Made in China 2025.” They’ve telegraphed it very clearly. They intend to dominate the world in these 10 industries and one of the ways they do it is they take American secrets. They either spy on us and steal them, or they get American companies to do business with them. And then they take whatever it is we invented, they learn how to make it themselves even though they’re not allowed to under the law, and then they get rid of us, and then they start competing with us subsidized by their government. You do that to enough industries and it becomes a national security threat.
And then in the case of ZTE and telecommunications, these are devices that could be theoretically used – not theoretically – they can be used to track people, to listen in without any court orders or anything of that nature. If this was a farm dispute, that’s one thing. But this is a direct threat to our national security and our economic well-being, which are interrelated.

Look, this confrontation with China is by far the most important thing facing this country on a global scale. This is going to define the next 80 years. The next 80 years. They intend to replace us.