On Wednesday, August 4, Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla) introduced a bill that seeks to prohibit U.S. banks from lending to projects controlled by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
The senator warned of the threat posed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), which, according to him, already controls the environment of all Americans. “The long arm of China is not some futuristic threat. It’s already here,” Rubio remarked at a public hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
“Today, the Chinese Communist Party has more control over what Americans can say, what we can hear, what we can read, what we can watch, than any foreign government has ever had in our history,” Rubio warned.
The senator argued in his statements by citing examples of American companies that bowed to CCP pressure, such as the NBA and Nike.
“The US corporations are so desperate to have access to the Chinese market that they’ll lead costly boycotts of a state — an American state—that passes a law that they don’t like, but they don’t dare say a word about the fact that, as we speak, genocide is taking place against Uyghur Muslims,” he said.
“American companies have actually fired Americans who live in America for saying or writing something that China doesn’t like,” he added.
Rubio also warned that the theft of intellectual property by the CCP had been discovered.
“China is stealing between 300 and 600 billion dollars a year… of American technology and intellectual property. They hack into networks and they take it. They use venture capital funds to buy promising technology startups. They hide their ownership, by the way,” he said.
He also warned that China’s influence now affects university research, start-ups, and even Hollywood.
“They partner with universities on research and then they steal that research—often research whose seed funding came from the US taxpayer. They force American companies doing business in China to give the technology over to them,” he said.
“Hollywood is so desperate, for example, to have their movies shown in China that Hollywood won’t make a movie that China’s communist censors don’t approve,” Rubio added.
On June 21, Rubio also introduced a bill that takes direct aim at the CCP. It seeks to punish Chinese Communist regime health officials for failing to cooperate in determining the origins of the CCP virus (COVID-19).
This bill would also cut off all federal funds earmarked for investigations.
In an interview with Fox, Rubio warned that today the regime continues to develop lethal viruses in laboratories and that only “strong U.S. leadership” can prevent future catastrophes.
Rubio assured that most of the governments of the world’s strong countries think as he does but that given the enormous commercial and political interests at stake, “they simply will not say so publicly.”
For this reason, he stresses the importance that the United States, as the world’s economic leader and in its unquestionable role as “policeman of the world,” must take a firm stand against China to get “other countries to step forward.”
Rubio has also spoken out against the Chinese regime for its repeated human rights violations against different ethnic and religious minorities.
Last July 20, on the occasion of the 22nd anniversary of the beginning of the persecution of the Falun Dafa spiritual discipline by the CCP, the U.S. Senator issued a statement commemorating those killed for their faith and demanded that the Communist regime release all imprisoned Falun Dafa practitioners.