Washington, D.C. – Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL), Lead Republican for the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and Nonproliferation, released the following statement:
“October 1 marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China under the Communist Party. Over the past 70 years, China has grown from being known as the “sick man of Asia” to the world’s second largest economy – a feat that should be commended by others around the world. However, October 1 also marks the anniversary of the end of China’s “Century of Humiliation” – a time that brought deep despair and disgrace to the Chinese people. I bring light to this, as to warn the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) against repeating history.
“Under the leadership of the CCP, China’s overriding national goal has been righting the injustices of the century of humiliation by achieving “the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.” However, the CCP has stopped at nothing to achieve this goal. Under the rule of Xi Jinping, China has become a norms-busting, human rights-violator and thief amongst the global community. China’s newfound wealth has bought a place at the height of global power, but the conduct of Xi Jinping and the CCP will ultimately bring China a new century of shame if they continue on this path.
“As the People’s Republic of China celebrates this anniversary, we must not forget the transgressions of the CCP around the world. At an extremely turbulent time, we are witnessing democracy beginning to erode in Hong Kong, threats against the autonomous nation of Taiwan and the imprisonment of China’s own Uyghur population in Xinjiang. I urge the CCP to use this day as a day of reflection and choose a new path forward – one where China abides by international rules and norms and operates with best interest of the Chinese people in mind, not the interests of the party.”
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