Saturday, December 19, 2020

Inviting the CCP Into Our Backyard is a Mistake

America’s state and local governments should be wary of who they invite to invest in their communities. China has proven over and over that its investments come with strings attached. 

The line between Chinese business investment and Chinese government interference is murky. Communist China keeps a much heavier thumb on its citizens and businesses than the United States—and can compel its companies that do business in America to share customers’ personal data.

By law, China requires its companies to divulge information deemed necessary for national security. And in China, national security means whatever the Chinese Communist Party wants it to mean. This is one of the major reasons the Trump Administration has barred tech giant Huawei from doing business in the United States, and why the United Kingdom also agreed to cut ties. Experts say that if Beijing were to ever ask Huawei for data, the company would have no recourse to refuse.

According to the ChineseCounter-Espionage law, when the State Security organ conducts an investigation, organizations and individuals are compelled to assist. The law states that individuals must “truthfully provide” information and “must not refuse.” China’s State Security Law also forces organizations and individuals to provide help to State Security agencies during investigations. Companies operating on foreign soil are not exempt, though the law does say organizations “cannot violate the laws of other countries.”

The Chinese Communist Party’s sweeping authority to collect data from private Chinese companies threatens our national security and the privacy of American citizens. When it comes to investment, we should look to nations that have earned our trust—and China is not one of them. 

Pentagon Halts Biden Transition Briefings
By Pamela Geller / THE GELLER REPORT
Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller ordered a Pentagon-wide halt to cooperation with the transition of President-elect Biden, shocking officials across the Defense Department, senior administration officials tell Axios.

By: Axios, December 18, 2020:

Behind the scenes: A top Biden official was unaware of the directive. Administration officials left open the possibility cooperation would resume after a holiday pause. The officials were unsure what prompted Miller’s action, or whether President Trump approved.

Why it matters: Miller’s move, which stunned officials throughout the Pentagon, was the biggest eruption yet of animus and mistrust toward the Biden team from the top level of the Trump administration.

What happened: Meetings between President Trump’s team and the Biden team are going on throughout the government, after a delayed start as the administration dragged its feet on officially recognizing Biden as president-elect.

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