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President Trump’s letter to House & Senate Committees on Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act

Posted on Apr 21, 2017 in Global Magnitsky Act, International Relations, News, Publications | Comments Off on President Trump’s letter to House & Senate Committees on Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 20, 2017 TEXT OF A LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT TO THE CHAIRMEN OF THE HOUSE AND SENATE COMMITTEES ON APPROPRIATIONS AND THE JUDICIARY, THE HOUSE COMMITTEES ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND FINANCIAL SERVICES, AND THE SENATE COMMITTEES ON FOREIGN RELATIONS AND BANKING, HOUSING, AND URBAN AFFAIRS April 20, 2017 Dear Mr. Chairman: In accordance with section 1264 of the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act (Subtitle F, Public Law 114-328)(the “Act”) I have enclosed the initial report on its implementation. This report, compiled by the Departments of State, the Treasury, and other relevant executive departments and agencies (agencies), outlines my Administration’s support for this important legislation and makes clear our commitment to its robust and thorough enforcement. As noted in the report, my Administration is actively identifying persons...

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Rubio, Cardin Introduce Bill Targeting Chinese Aggression in South China Sea

Posted on Mar 16, 2017 in International Relations, News | Comments Off on Rubio, Cardin Introduce Bill Targeting Chinese Aggression in South China Sea

PRESS RELEASES Rubio, Cardin Introduce Bill Targeting Chinese Aggression in South China Sea   MAR 15 2017 Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) today introduced the South China Sea and East China Sea Sanctions Act which would sanction Chinese individuals and entities that participate in Beijing‘s illegitimate activities in the South China Sea and East China Sea. “China‘s illegitimate actions in the South China Sea threaten the region‘s security and American commerce,“ said Rubio, a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and its East Asia and the Pacific Subcommittee. “These ongoing, flagrant violations of international norms cannot be allowed to go unchecked, and the sanctions called for in this legislation would put Beijing on notice that the United States means business and intends to hold violators accountable.“ Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) during the Jan. 11 Senate...

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A human rights agenda for the Trump administration and the 115th Congress

Posted on Feb 28, 2017 in International Relations, News, Op Ed | Comments Off on A human rights agenda for the Trump administration and the 115th Congress

A human rights agenda for the Trump administration and the 115th Congress BY FORMER REPS. FRANK WOLF (R-VA.), TONY HALL (D-OHIO), OPINION CONTRIBUTORS –  02/24/17 12:55 PM EST   President Reagan once said the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution are a covenant, not only with the people of Philadelphia in 1776 and 1787, but with the people of the world. This covenant extends not only to those who live in free and democratic countries, but also the people who suffer under challenging conditions in countries like Pakistan, China, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Sudan and North Korea. It binds the ideals and principles on which we have stood for nearly 250 years to the plight of people yearning for freedom everywhere. Extend this thought and we find that America, by virtue of both our founding and our current position of...

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Unfair Trade Hurts Ordinary Workers in Both China and the U.S.

Posted on Feb 25, 2017 in International Relations, News, Publications | Comments Off on Unfair Trade Hurts Ordinary Workers in Both China and the U.S.

National Review Unfair Trade Hurts Ordinary Workers in Both China and the U.S. Jianli Yang & Lianchao Han February 23, 2017 4:00 AM http://www2.nationalreview.com/article/445160/donald-trump-china-trade-human-rights-tougher-stance By getting tough with Beijing, President Trump can make life better for American and Chinese citizens alike. President Trump’s views on China are ridiculed by China hands and foreign-policy pundits because they stray from the last 25 years of conventional wisdom about the PRC. But there is much more to his perspective than meets the eye. As Chinese dissidents, we have been closely tracking China’s political and economic development, and we believe the president has hit on something that has long been ignored by many policymakers as well academic researchers. First, a little history. Let’s go back to the most important reference point for studying contemporary China: the 1989 massacre of pro-democracy activists in Beijing’s Tiananmen...

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In Human Rights Speech, Rubio Calls for Release of Two Chinese Political Prisoners

Posted on Feb 7, 2017 in International Relations, Prisoners of Conscience | Comments Off on In Human Rights Speech, Rubio Calls for Release of Two Chinese Political Prisoners

In Human Rights Speech, Rubio Calls for Release of Two Chinese Political Prisoners FEB 07 2017 Washington, D.C. – During a Senate floor speech last night, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) highlighted the plight of two lawyers imprisoned by the Chinese government for their human rights advocacy. Rubio’s speech was his second in 2017 as part of his #expressionNOToppression initiative, which highlights human rights abuses around the world. Rubio, the Chairman of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, called on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to prioritize the release of these two dissidents in his diplomatic engagement with China. Rubio also stated that he would bring up these human rights cases, among others, with Governor Terry Branstad (R-IA) during his Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing to serve as U.S. ambassador to China. Rubio’s full speech can be watched here, and a downloadable broadcast quality...

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China Sees Space on the High Moral Ground

Posted on Jan 19, 2017 in International Relations, News | Comments Off on China Sees Space on the High Moral Ground

China Sees Space on the High Moral Ground Aaron Rhodes | January 19, 2017 Source: http://providencemag.com/2017/01/china-sees-space-high-moral-ground-xi-jinping-davos-world-economic-forum/ With Europe faltering and a new United States president attacking globalization and international organizations, and vowing to focus on national interests, leaders and experts are concerned about the threat of populism to what they still believe is the liberal democratic world order. In this situation, China has taken center stage. At Davos on January 17, President Xi Jinping spoke of his government’s determination to play a responsible role in defending and contributing to multilateral efforts to “secure peace and reduce poverty.” Xi was applauded for opposing protectionism. All states, he intoned, should “view their own interests in a broader context,” and “refrain from pursuing their own interests at the expense of others.” The contradiction between these positions and China’s program of building military installations on disputed...

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China, the West, and Leverage

Posted on Jan 16, 2017 in International Relations, Liu Xiaobo's Case | Comments Off on China, the West, and Leverage

NATIONAL REVIEW   China, the West, and Leverage By Jay Nordlinger December 16, 2016 Yesterday, I wrote a post headed “The Quiet Death of ‘Liu Xiaobo Plaza.'” It was about the House GOP and its spiking of a move to honor a Chinese political prisoner. In that post, I wrote, My guess is, Republican donors don’t like the idea of “Liu Xiaobo Plaza,” because they want commercial relations with China. They fear that honoring a dissident will endanger commercial relations. I doubt this is so. The Free World has more leverage than it knows. This is something I learned from Jianli Yang, among others: The Free World has much more leverage than it knows. (Yang is a leading Chinese democracy activist and former political prisoner.) The West thinks that China holds all the cards and we have none. So...

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