Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., Told Fox News on Wednesday that China’s raid on Hong Kong’s Apple Daily should serve as a “wake-up call” for the world to be free of mind. of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
Hong Kong media magnate Jimmy Lai, 71, was arrested and his newsroom raided by police on Monday during the semi-autonomous country’s latest national security law enforcement campaign. Lai is an outspoken, pro-democracy figure and frequently criticizes the authoritarian rule of China and the Hong Kong government. He was released on Wednesday.
“The Chinese Communist Party is afraid of Jimmy Lai because he dares to tell the truth to power,”; Hawley told Fox. That’s why they were trying to silence him, like they were trying to silence the American and anyone else would not accept the side street. Jimmy Lai’s arrest should be a warning to everyone. “
He added, “The time has come for free nations to stand side by side with Jimmy Lai, with Hong Kong, and against the tyranny of the CCP.”
The Missouri Republican Party also spoke out about Chinese sanctions and said such measures would not prevent him from continuing to fight for the United States.
“#China announced they were punishing me in retaliation for speaking out against #ChineseCommunistParty and defending America’s interests,” he tweeted on Monday. “Retaliate whatever you want. I don’t step back.”
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The tweet included a link to a CPC-controlled Global Times story, which claims that China has also punished several other prominent GOP members including, Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Ted Cruz, R-Texas and Tom Cotton, R-Chest.
Hawley is no stranger to Global Times. Back in May, he and Sen. Rick Scott’s colleague, R-Fla., Were both under serious threat from the publication for their anti-China stance.
The article states that China is “extremely dissatisfied with the US leaders’ abuse of the proceedings” and is reviewing punitive countermeasures against individuals, entities and home officials. country of the United States of America. “
It also poses cover-up threats to US lawmakers by quoting analysts who promised, “China will not only respond symbolically, but will impose The response makes them feel pain. “
Hawley’s rhetoric against the Chinese government goes back long before the Hong Kong incident. In an interview with Fox News last year about the National Basketball Association (NBA) giving in to China, the former state attorney general accused Beijing of using high-pressure tactics to mold people to follow. my reviews.
“This is how Beijing plays ball. They tighten the screws,” he said at the time. “Now they want to censor Americans. The problem with the NBA is, they’re trying to tell Americans what we can and can’t say. My word to the NBA is, don’t be part of the arm. propaganda of the Communist Party of China. “
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Hawley urged union commissioner Adam Silver last month to testify before Congress, about the NBA’s relationship with China and they have failed to highlight human rights abuses in Hong Kong, following: when allowing players to choose from a list of pre-approved social fair messages to display on their jersey.
“The new league policy represents a new commitment to enhancing employee expressive power. But that freedom of expression only seems to end at the sensitive fringes of your corporate sponsors.” he said in a letter to Silver. “And for today’s awakened capital, returns from the Chinese market are more common than patriotism … If I am right – if the NBA is committed to promoting the interests of the CCP rather than to celebrate its own country – Your fans deserve to know that on your point. If not, prove me wrong. “
Fox News’s Stephen Sorace contributed to this report