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Protestors wave U.S. flags during a demonstration in Hong Kong, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019. China reacted furiously Thursday to President Donald Trump’s signing of bills on Hong Kong human rights, summoning the U.S. ambassador to strongly protest and warning the move would undermine cooperation with Washington. Hong Kong, a former British colony that was granted special autonomy when China took control in 1997, has been rocked by six months of sometimes violent pro-democracy demonstrations. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

We as Americans can do better than this. A lot better.

Last November, President Trump signed a bill backing Hong Kong protesters who seek to maintain their promised independence from the Chinese Communist Party’s iron-fisted rule.

Then on Wednesday, actor and director Stephen Ford shared a shocking story containing new evidence of the tyrannical, Chinese dictatorship’s forced labor camps. The question he asks is a poignant one — and it’s one that should convict every person who reads it: “Why is no one talking about this?”

Some people are speaking out bravely, including the tech CEO who founded Stripe:

Now, Bloomberg reports, the U.S. is set to take steps against Beijing, including sanctions, which Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has characterized as “harsh,” focused on human rights abuses against Uighur Muslims, a Turkic, minority ethnic group living in China:

The sanctions, part of a toughening of the Trump administration’s stance toward Beijing, are likely to target Communist Party officials responsible for the internment and persecution of minorities in Xinjiang, according to the people. They declined to say who specifically would be cited or when the sanctions would be rolled out.

And in a Monday Reuters piece on reports of China’s forced sterilization, abortions and “coercive family planning against minority Muslims,”  U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was quoted as calling the policy  “shocking” and “disturbing.”

These developments come on the heels of China’s decision Wednesday to pass a new national security law, which “many in the Hong Kong media say will allow Beijing to crack down on any activity there that authorities deem subversive with secessionist aims.”

Fox News reported:

The [Trump] administration has warned for weeks that, if the law was passed, it would take action to end special U.S. trade and commercial preferences Hong Kong had enjoyed since reverting to Chinese rule in 1997.

Arrests of protesters started immediately, with nearly 400 taken into custody:

…including this man, who dared to display a flag in support of the pro-democracy movement:

GOP members on the House Foreign Affairs committee released a statement Wednesday, on the anniversary of “Hong Kong’s handover to the CCP”:

And there were similar noises from Senate GOP leadership, via Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)’s Twitter account:

But, so far, all we’ve seen from the GOP – at any level – are tough words for the Communist regime in China. When I asked someone on social media who says he’s written widely on the Uighurs’ plight, what the U.S. government can do to help either Hong Kong or the Chinese people — including the minority population, he answered:

“I honestly don’t know. Containment needs to be on the top of the agenda. And I think the US needs to open the gates to people fleeing like it did to the South Vietnamese.”

That’s something I agree with. And I’m guardedly hopefully that the GOP pushes to pass sanctions with teeth, and not just “supportive words.”

Our allies in Canada, the U.K., and Australia have recently angered China with statements or actions that seem to be a move towards asylum for Hong Kongers or the Chinese themselves.

Canada:

U.K.:

Australia:

If the United States is truly the freest country on Earth, then I believe we should be willing to give sanctuary through asylum to any victim of Chinese rule. Actions speak louder than words.

Becca Lower
Becca Lower is a writer with RedState and formerly worked at IJR.com as a writer and editor. She grew up outside Cincinnati, OH, in former Speaker John Boehner's district, and currently lives in Mesa, AZ.

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