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Sen. Cruz on Senate Floor: ‘For the Sake of the Free World, America Needs to Win This Contest’ Against China

July 22, 2020

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – After the Chinese Communist Party imposed sanctions against him last week, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today delivered remarks on the Senate Floor where he discussed the urgent need to hold China accountable for covering up the coronavirus pandemic and for engaging in censorship and propaganda campaigns in China and here in the United States.

WATCH: Sen. Cruz: ‘For the Sake of the Free World, America Needs to Win This Contest’ Against China

On the Chinese Communist Party’s recent sanctions against him:

“For eight years in the U.S. Senate, I have worked hard to lead the fight to address the threat of Chinese Communist power and aggression and hostility head on. To make the United States economy as free and independent from China as possible, and to thwart the never-ending propaganda and censorship campaign from the Chinese Communists […]

“I will tell you that I wear China’s sanctions as a badge of honor. There’s a reason they’re lashing out. There’s a reason they have decided to direct personal sanctions on me. Because they are scared. They are terrified. The Chinese Communists are murdering, lying, torturing tyrants […]

“For a long time in Washington, there were politicians in both parties, Democrats and Republicans, who were apologists for China. Who denied the threat was there. Who insisted that the path forward was getting more and more and more in bed with the Chinese Communists. The most significant long-term foreign policy consequence of this global pandemic is people’s eyes are opening up on both sides of the aisle here in Washington and across the world.”

On China’s coverup of the coronavirus pandemic:

“We are right now months into a deadly global pandemic that has sickened over 14 million people worldwide and has taken the lives of over 600,000 people. And why are we in the midst of a global pandemic? Because the Chinese Communist Party deliberately lied to the world, covered up the outbreak, and allowed it to spread.” 

On how to hold China accountable for engaging in censorship here in the United States:

We should sanction Chinese officials involved in the ongoing suppression of medical experts, of journalists, and political dissidents. All of whom have been disappeared by the Chinese tyrants. I’ve introduced legislation to do just that. Over the past several years I’ve introduced roughly a dozen separate pieces of legislation all focused on different aspects of addressing the China threat […]

“Another aspect is Chinese propaganda. Chinese propaganda that is reflected here in the United States. Big business, giant corporations, the media, Hollywood – all are terrified to take on Communist China. All see the billions they can earn from access to the Chinese markets as more important than free speech.

He concluded: 

The overwhelming challenge for this body and for this country for the next century going forward is how we stand up to the threat of China. China is waging a thousand-year war and for the sake not only of Americans but for the sake of the free world America needs to win this contest.” 

WATCH: Sen. Cruz: ‘We Need To Stand Up and Deal Directly with the Threat China Poses’

WATCH: How Chinese Censorship Led to a Global Pandemic

Sen. Cruz has led the charge to fundamentally reassess the U.S.-China relationship and counter Chinese censorship in the wake of the CCP's coronavirus coverup. In April, Sen. Cruz introduced the SCRIPT Act as part of a comprehensive push to combat China's growing influence over what Americans see and hear. He also introduced the BEAMS Act as part of a successful push to prevent the CCP from blanketing the U.S. with propaganda. Learn more about Sen. Cruz's push to counter Chinese propaganda here.

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