Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R) joined Mornings with Maria on Fox Business, and he discussed several topics related to the new Hong Kong national security law along with the continued aggression from the Chinese Community Party and more.
When it comes to the threat that China poses to the United States and the world, the Florida lawmaker has not held back from making it clear that he believes China poses a threat when it comes to technology.
In the interview, Rubio explained that “the Chinese government under President Xi has made a decision that they are going to put the pedal to the metal on this,” adding that “they view themselves, not just as a rising power, but destined to be the world’s most powerful country, and they’re not hiding that anymore.” “It used to be they would hide their strength and bide their time,” he noted, saying that “now they’re just pushing hard.” To him, “whether it’s in India, it’s intimidation of Taiwan, whether it’s what they’ve done in Hong Kong right now, they’re moving forward hard, and we need to be prepared for that.”
The Florida Senator also mentioned that the world is taking notice of China’s threat, commenting that “many of these countries depend on China for commerce and trade and are afraid to be cut off.” In turn, “some are more vocal than others” when it comes to criticizing China because the country has “shown a willingness to threaten” those that do.
Furthermore, the Florida lawmaker expressed that “what this basically says now, that law now says that whether you’re a Chinese citizen or resident in Hong Kong or not, if you have said things or done things critical of the Chinese government and you step foot in Hong Kong, they now reserve the right to arrest you.”
“Being arrested by Chinese authorities is not like being arrested by American authorities,” Rubio explained,” adding that “you can be put in indefinite detention, obviously it’s not going to be a real trial.”
This, he argues is further proof of the human rights violations that China continues to employ, persecuting anyone who doesn’t agree with the government’s rules.