Republican leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) blasted President Joe Biden and the “corporate class” for being soft on China as homegrown protests rage against the ruling government’s strict COVID policies, and vowed to “reckon” with the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
The House minority leader took to Twitter on Monday to call out Xi Jinping’s authoritarian regime for its recent lockdowns, while lauding protesters who are standing up for freedom.
“The Chinese Communist Party’s lockdowns have imprisoned people against their will—many have died,” he wrote.
He then criticized the president for “shrug[ging]” as Chinese citizens demonstrate fearlessly in public.
“As Chinese citizens bravely protest, Joe Biden & the corporate class shrug,” he wrote.
He concluded by vowing to “reckon” with the Chinese Communist Party, something he said the president “refuses” to do.
“Our Select Committee on China will do what Biden refuses—finally reckon with the pariah that is the CCP,” he wrote.
The Chinese Communist Party’s lockdowns have imprisoned people against their will—many have died. As Chinese citizens bravely protest, Joe Biden & the corporate class shrug.
Our Select Committee on China will do what Biden refuses—finally reckon with the pariah that is the CCP.
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) November 28, 2022
Tensions have been stewing for months over China’s “zero Covid” policies.
On Monday, the CCP, through its state propaganda arms, insisted it would “rectify,” but not eliminate, its years-old coronavirus lockdown policies, policies which prompted a wave of protests over the weekend in the country’s largest cities involving hundreds, or possibly thousands, of citizens demanding an end to extensive use of house arrest to contain citizens potentially exposed to the virus, the shipment of thousands to unsanitary and repressive quarantine camps, routine government testing, and the mass shutdown of businesses.
— 自由亚洲电台 (@RFA_Chinese) November 28, 2022
“Freedom! We want freedom!” People gather in under #SitongBridge in #Beijing where lone hero #PengLifa or #PengZaizhou protested and got arrested only over a month ago. See my show on that protest: https://t.co/i5FujLhX2f#ChinaProtests #WhitePaperRevolution pic.twitter.com/rW2HpVTWnn
— Jennifer Zeng 曾錚 (@jenniferzeng97) November 28, 2022
Earlier this month, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) accused President Biden of being “highly compromised” by the Chinese government, pointing to the scrapping of the United States Justice Department’s effort to combat Chinese economic espionage, which Johnson asserted “made no sense whatsoever.”
“There’s only one explanation: Joe Biden is compromised,” he said.
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