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It’s one thing to import electronics, clothing, and other consumer goods from China. But we are also importing Chinese authoritarianism. That’s the price for access to China’s 1.4 billion potential consumers, a price many U.S. corporations are quite willing for Americans to pay.
Americans have always supported freedom and democracy around the globe, if only in words. But the hundreds of thousands of demonstrators in Hong Kong protesting for rights Americans take for granted are getting little help or moral support from the rest of the world. This is because the Chinese Communists will not permit it.
NBA - China - Restrictions - Citizens - Philadelphia
Worse, though, was NBA enforcing China’s free-speech restrictions on American citizens! At a Philadelphia 76ers exhibition game against a Chinese team, a fan was ejected for wearing a “Free Hong Kong” T-shirt. Security also squelched protesters at a Washington Wizards game.
But what happened with the NBA is only emblematic of a larger syndrome in American businesses. In a Federalist article entitled Trade With China Has Turned Into Giving Away Our Values For Their Money, Kyle Sammin details how “Importing Chinese goods and Chinese profits means importing the values of the Chinese Communist Party. On free speech, consumer protections, workers’ rights, the environment, and more, our open trade with China has rendered our laws null and replaced them with the dictates of a hostile, totalitarian state.”
Facebook - Twitter - Credit - China - Attempts
Though Facebook and Twitter, to their credit, have resisted China’s attempts to prevent their use by Hong Kong protesters, other big tech companies keep siding with the Communists. Google at first refused to censor its search results, but after the Communists built a...
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