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Sen. Cruz Recognizes Taiwan's National Day

Urges U.S. to counter China’s propaganda

October 9, 2020

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement recognizing Taiwan's National Day:

"I was proud to join President Tsai in Taiwan last year to participate in Taiwan's National Day. In the face of growing hostility, Taiwan has stood strong and tall against the Chinese Communist Party's oppression and bully tactics. America is proud to stand with the people of Taiwan.

"China spends an enormous amount of time and resources isolating Taiwan, including by trying to influence the debate here in the United States. China spends billions and billions of dollars to shape what Americans see, hear, and think. And far too often, Hollywood acquiesces to the demands of the communist regime. Removing the Taiwanese and Japanese flag patches from Maverick's jacket in the latest Top Gun film is just one example.

"America should not do the bidding of the Chinese Communist Party. Reversing an Obama-Biden era policy to allow Taiwanese officials to proudly display their flag while in the U.S. and countering China's censorship and propaganda in American films are two important steps in the right direction."

In September, Sen. Cruz wrote an excerpt in TIME Magazine's list of 100 most influential people for Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen. Last year, Sen. Cruz met with President Tsai and participated in Taiwan's National Day ceremony - the first United States senator to attend in 35 years.

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. In February, Sen. Cruz introduced the Taiwan Symbols of Sovereignty (Taiwan SOS) Act, which would allow diplomats and service members in the Taiwanese military to display their flag and wear their uniforms while in the United States on official businesses. Learn more about his efforts to unwind the U.S. from China here.

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