U.S. Lawmakers Condemn Tech Companies for Aiding Communist China’s Surveillance and Repression

CNS News | 7/17/2019 | Staff
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(CNSNews.com) -- At the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom confernce at the U.S. State Department on Tuesday, both Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and former Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) condemned the harm done by some companies, particularly in the surveillance industry, by helping the Communist Chinese regime monitor, control, and oppress its people.

They said these companies are implicating themselves in human rights violations, particularly against the millions of Uighurs living under Chinese persecution and in internment camps. In addition, Speaker Pelosi said these companies have contributed to the United States’s trade deficit with China.

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In her remarks, Speaker Pelosi noted that, 29 years ago when the United States recognized its large trade deficit with Communist China, “We said, ‘Oh my goodness, for 5 billion dollars [per year], that’s so much money, surely the Chinese will free the prisoners arrested at Tiananmen Square; give us market access to our products; stop pirating our intellectual property; and stop selling weapons, missile systems and the rest to rogue countries. We can negotiate, we have leverage.’”

“It was 5 billion dollars,” she stressed. “Well, the business community weighed in very heavily and they said, ‘Oh, you can’t do that, peaceful evolution is going to lead to all of this good human rights, change is going to happen in China, you just wait and see.’”

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She continued, “It didn’t. And here we are, 29 years later, and the trade deficit is more than 5 billion dollars -- not a year -- a week.”

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