Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., Told Fox News Wednesday that China’s raid on Apple Daily’s editorial office in Hong Kong should serve as a “wake-up call” to the free world about the Party’s intentions. Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
Hong Kong media mogul Jimmy Lai, 71, was arrested and his newsroom attacked by police on Monday, in the latest semi-autonomous nation implementation of China’s new national security law. Lai has been an outspoken, pro-democracy figure and regularly criticizes the authoritarian government of China and the government of Hong Kong. He was released on bail Wednesday.
“The Chinese Communist Party is afraid of Jimmy Lai because he dares to tell the truth to the government,”; Hawley told Fox. “That’s why they are trying to silence him, just as they are trying to silence the Americans and anyone else who does not step on the party line. The arrest of Jimmy Lai should be a wake-up call for everyone.”
He added: “It is time for the free nations to stand together with Jimmy Lai, with Hong Kong and against the tyranny of the CCP.”
The Republic of Missouri also spoke of sanctions from China and said such measures would not prevent it from continuing to present itself to America.
“#China announces that it is sanctioning me in retaliation for speaking out against the #ChineseC communistParty and defending America’s interests,” he tweeted on Monday. “Revenge everything you want. I’m not backing down.”
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The tweet included a link to a story from the CPC, controlled by the Global Times, which said China had also sanctioned several other prominent GOP members, including, Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Tom Cotton, R-Ark.
Hawley is no longer a stranger to the Global Times. In May, he and his friend Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., Were both threatened by the publication for their stance against China.
The article claimed that China was “extremely dissatisfied with the abuse of court cases” by the US leadership, “and is considering punishing US individuals, entities and state officials.”
He also made vicious threats against US lawmakers, citing analysts who vowed that “China will not withdraw simply symbolically, but will impose countermeasures that will make them feel pain.”
Hawley’s rhetoric against the Chinese government dates back long before the incident in Hong Kong. In an interview with Fox News last year about the National Basketball Association (NBA) that China needed, the former state attorney general accused Beijing of using high-pressure tactics to bend people to the will of her.
“This is how Beijing plays ball. They tighten the screws,” he said at the time. “Now they want to censor the Americans. The thing about the NBA is, they’re trying to show the Americans what we can and cannot say. My word for the NBA is, do not be part of the Party ‘s propaganda wing. Chinese Communists. “
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Hawley summoned league commissioner Adam Silver last month to testify before Congress about the NBA’s relationship with China, and it’s failure to expose human rights abuses within Hong Kong after allowing players choose from a pre-approved social justice message list to display on their T-shirts.
“The new league policy suggests a new commitment to an expanded employee expression. But this free expression seems to stop at the edge of the sensitivity of your corporate sponsors,” he said in a letter to Silver. “And for smart capital today, profits from the Chinese market are more popular than patriotism … If I’m right – if the NBA is more committed to promoting the interests of the CCP than to celebrating its birth nation – the fans “They deserve to know what your point of view is. If not, try me wrong.”
Fox News’ Stephen Sorace contributed to this report