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Chinese Communists are Fuming After Trump Signs Pro-Hong Kong Bill

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ZeroHedge reports that China is mad that President Donald Trump signed the Hong Kong Bill of Rights and Democracy. In a statement, China’s foreign ministry said that the American government’s decision was “a naked hegemonic act” without offering any details on possible retaliation.

In the Chinese government’s view, America is allegedly interfering with Hong Kong affairs and China’s internal affairs and violating international law by signing this bill into law.

The Chinese government claims that the U.S. ignored the facts and explicitly supported violent criminals who rioted on the streets and disrupted the rule of law.

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Trump made a statement saying that he “signed these bills out of respect for President Xi, China, and the people of Hong Kong. They are being enacted in the hope that Leaders and Representatives of China and Hong Kong will be able to amicably settle their differences leading to long term peace and prosperity for all.”

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The signing of this bill comes at a time when Hong Kong is mired in unrest. Anti-government protests began with an extradition bill—which has now been discarded— that was floated by Hong Kong leadership. Now these protests have morphed into larger demands for democratic reform and police accountability.

“The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act reaffirms and amends the United States-Hong Kong Policy Act of 1992, specifies United States policy towards Hong Kong and directs assessment of the political developments in Hong Kong,” the White House declared in a statement. “Certain provisions of the act would interfere with the exercise of the president’s constitutional authority to state the foreign policy of the United States.”

The bill, S.1838, was passed nearly unanimously in both chambers of Congress. S.1838 requires yearly reviews of Hong Kong’s special trade status under American law and will enable Washington to revoke this status in case the city does not keep a sufficient degree of autonomy under the “one country, two systems” framework. Additionally, this bill sanctions any officials who commit human rights abuses or undermine the city’s autonomy.

The House passed the bill on a 417-1 vote on November 20, 2019 after the Senate passed the bill without opposition. The veto-proof majorities gave Trump little wiggle room, as he was forced to sign the bill, lest he face opposition from his party.

Similarly, Trump signed the PROTECT Hong Kong act which prohibits the sales of American-made munitions like tear gas and rubber bullets to the city’s leaders.

Trump has maintained some degree of the silence on the issue, knowing that dealing with China will be a calculated struggle.

China is no benevolent actor and must be dealt with by using tough diplomacy.

Trump recognizes this and is using the trade war in a manner that can correct China’s predatory behavior.

 

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Thanks to Spineless, Establishment Republicans, Senate Panel Delays Vote to Subpoena Big Tech CEOs

Republicans Continue to Show Pathetic They are on the Issues that Matter Most

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America First nationalist’s hopes of having Big Tech CEOs testify before Congress about allegations of censorship directed towards the Right were temporarily dashed on October 19, 2020.

Politico reported that the Senate Judiciary Committee delayed plans to vote on subpoenas to force the CEOs of Twitter and Facebook to go before the Senate and be questioned about their anti-Right wing censorship policies.

Some Republicans ended up having cold feet and decided to postpone the vote much to the disappointment of right wing activists who have complained about Big Tech’s anti-free speech policies.

President Donald Trump and a number of nationalist Republicans have sharply criticized Facebook and Twitter over their censorship of a controversial New York Post report that exposed Hunter Biden, Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son, and his corrupt behavior.

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Originally, GOP officials in the Judiciary Committee announced plans to hold a markup on October 20 to determine if they would subpoena Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to get his perspective on allegations concerning his company’s policies that muzzle conservative viewpoints. Twitter denies claims regarding Twitter’s censorship policies.

South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, who is the Chair of the Judiciary Committee, revealed that the planned vote would also call on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify.

The panel stated on October 19 that it would determine whether they would issue subpoenas during a executive session on October 22 where it will also allegedly approve Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. The committee declared in a statement that it will maintain negotiations with the companies “to allow for voluntary testimony” by the CEO. However, if an agreement cannot be reached, the panel will proceed to take a vote on the subpoenas “at a date to be determined.”

The subpoenas would compel the tech big wigs to testify on the reports of “suppression and/or censorship” of New York Post stories and on “any other content moderation policies, practices, or actions that may interfere with or influence elections for federal office,” according to a committee document released on October 19.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who is the chair of the Judiciary’s Subcommittee on the Constitution said to reporters that he’s expecting the committee to preside over testimonies from the Twitter and Facebook chiefs “shortly” regardless of whether they come to the decision on their own volition.

“One way or another, either voluntarily or pursuant to subpoena, they will testify and they will testify before the election,” Cruz stated.

In a separate hearing for the Senate Commerce Committee, Zuckerberg and Dorsey will join Google CEO Sundar Pichai on October 28 for a hearing on Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which generally shields Big Tech companies from a liability.

Cruz, who is a member of both Judiciary and Commerce committees, wants each panel to carry out their own hearings with the tech chiefs before election day. “I believe we need a separate hearing in Judiciary because the issues being discussed in the two committees are different,” Cruz remarked.

Big Tech has become too powerful, especially during a time when social media has become the de facto public square. Republicans will need to get serious about making online speech receive the same treatment as general political speech.

 

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