A new case of connections between Democratic politicians and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has recently sparked controversy. Barbara Boxer, a former Democratic senator who registered as a foreign agent for the Chinese surveillance company, Hikvision, is accused of providing services in the Xinjiang region by monitoring Uighur concentration camps.
President Trump administration continues to focus its efforts on confronting the powerful CCP including imposing sanctions and limiting the activity of companies connected to its military. But there is concern that Democratic politicians, far from collaborating in efforts to curb the advance of communism in the West, are increasing and deepening their connections with the CCP.
The Uighurs are currently being subjected to mass detention, forced labor, and torture in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Other allegations include forced organ removal and coercive birth control.
At the same time, Hikvision is one of the many Chinese companies that the Pentagon identified as owned by or having deep ties to the Communist People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and is also accused of involvement in human rights violations in Xinjiang.
The Commerce Department said in a presentation when the list of firms involved was released that “entities have been implicated in human rights violations and abuses in the implementation of China’s campaign of repression, arbitrary mass detention, and high-tech surveillance against Uighurs, Kazakhs, and other members of Muslim minority groups.”
“The U.S. government and the U.S. Department of Commerce cannot and will not tolerate the brutal repression of ethnic minorities within China,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross added at the time.
Boxer registered as a foreign agent with the Justice Department through the business lobbying firm she joined last year, Mercury Public Affairs, the Daily Caller reported.
Under enormous pressure from criticism of her decision to become a foreign agent for Hikvision, the former senator was forced to announce her resignation via Twitter.
“Due to the intense response to my registration I have determined that my continued work has become a negative distraction from my effort to preserve American jobs and make the company better. Therefore I have deregistered.”
Due to the intense response to my registration I have determined that my continued work has become a negative distraction from my effort to preserve
American jobs and make the company better. Therefore I have deregistered.
— Barbara Boxer (@BarbaraBoxer) January 12, 2021
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) made headlines in December for his interactions with a Chinese spy named Fang Fang.
After House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) was briefed by the FBI on the controversial case, he insisted that Swalwell should not be allowed to continue on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence that receives classified information from U.S. security agencies, according to Fox News on Dec. 18.
For the U.S. intelligence services, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is the biggest threat to the country, and in fact, the FBI has thousands of investigations underway into spies in the service of the regime.
At the end of 2020, Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, and 10 other former officials were dismissed from the Defense Policy Board, accused of favoring the CCP, according to the analysts cited.