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Washington D.C. – House Foreign Affairs Committee Lead Republican Michael McCaul (R-TX) released the following statement on the 70th Anniversary of the People’s Republic of China:

“Since the People’s Republic of China was founded 70 years ago, it has functioned as an authoritarian state that seeks to control, by force if necessary, every aspect of its people’s lives. 

“As General Secretary Xi Jinping parades weapons through Tiananmen Square today, where democracy protestors lost their lives over 30 years ago, the Party’s ruthless grip tightens and expands around the globe. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is interning millions of people in concentration camps in Xinjiang and violently cracking down on democracy activists in Hong Kong—including the senseless shooting of a high schooler at point-blank range today. Their obsession with control is putting the United States, our friends and allies, and our national security at risk.  

“Americans must recognize that China wants to be the dominant power in Asia and eventually the world; they are making progress on both fronts every day. This is a generational competition and the stakes could not be higher. By working with our friends around the world and empowering American business overseas we can best ensure democracy and freedoms will prevail.”