Attorney General Bill Barr just went nuclear against American companies that are ‘kowtowing’ to China in a recent speech given at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum and Library in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
As American corporations rush to declare their support for intersectional social justice in the US, they refuse to stand up to the Chinese Communist Party, which is well known for trampling on the human rights of its own people.
Barr exposes them all
In his speech, Barr slammed tech giants Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo for being “all too willing to collaborate with the Chinese Communist Party” to the detriment of the US.
“The People’s Republic of China is now engaged in an economic blitzkrieg—an aggressive, orchestrated, whole-of-government campaign to seize the commanding heights of the global economy and to surpass the United States as the world’s preeminent superpower,” Barr explained.
American companies seem to have absolutely no issue with China seizing control of more and more of the world’s economy, and Barr has had enough.
Barr called these companies — along with Hollywood — “pawns of Chinese influence” in his blistering criticism. “All too often, for the sake of short-term profits, American companies have succumbed to that influence—even at the expense of freedom and openness in the United States,” he said.
Barr highlighted the actions of Cisco, a networking and cybersecurity giant, which as contributed to the construction of the “the Great Firewall of China,” which allows the Chinese government extensive powers of internet surveillance and censorship.
All in on China
Barr’s speech is yet another example of the rapidly deteriorating relationship between the Chinese and US governments. President Trump infuriated China by announcing that the US would place sanctions on China for infringing on the autonomy of Hong Kong earlier this week.
China’s disregard for the rights and safety of its own people, coupled with the disastrous handling of the novel coronavirus appears to have irreparably destroyed any progress that Trump had previously made towards smoothing over the relationship in recent years.
Barr warned that corporate America is undermining Trump’s attempts to hold China accountable for their poor handling of COVID-19 and the human rights of their people.
“As China’s government loses credibility around the world, the Department of Justice has seen more and more PRC officials and their proxies reaching out to corporate leaders and inveighing them to favor policies and actions favored by the Chinese Communist Party,” he explained.
“Their objective varies, but their pitch is generally the same: the businessperson has economic interests in China, and there is a suggestion that things will go better (or worse) for them depending on their response to the PRC’s request.”