Multiple Republican congressmen are proposing to call the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) an unlawful foreign entity that engages in corrupt or violent activity.
House representatives led by Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) have introduced a new bill to declare the CCP a “transnational organized crime group” that U.S. law enforcement agencies should more proactively counter.
If approved, the proposed legislation would add the CCP to the Top International Criminal Organizations Target (TICOT) list, which is an “intragovernmental effort to identify and eliminate” international criminal organizations that pose the “gravest threat” to U.S. national interests.
“The CCP is an existential threat to American freedoms and liberties, and the United States must deploy an all-of-government approach to combat its malign behavior,” Perry said in a statement. “The thugocracy that is the CCP must be held accountable for its international crimes and face the full force of the U.S. law enforcement agencies.”
Perry pointed to U.S. Census Bureau data showing the CCP had a trade deficit with America totaling nearly $419 billion in 2018.
He is also concerned about long-standing allegations the CCP actively participates in intellectual property (IP) theft, economic espionage, and infiltrating the U.S. education system. He believes the CCP’s alleged involvement in IP theft, cyberattacks, espionage, and international fentanyl trafficking already offers a compelling case to add it to the TICOT list.
“For decades, the aggressive, illegal behavior of the CCP has cost Americans millions of jobs, billions of dollars in intellectual property value, and the independence of our academic institutions,” he said.
The remarks came just days after the CCP celebrated 71 years of rule in mainland China. The CCP’s rule has come at a great cost to human life, with more than 70 million people dying under the leadership of founding chairman Mao Zedong.
Mao was instrumental in growing the nation’s forced labor camp network, also known as “laogai.”
“All the while Mao kept expanding the laogai, a system of 1,000 forced labor camps throughout China,” fellow Lee Edwards said on the Heritage Foundation website. “From the 1950s through the 1980s, 50 million Chinese passed through the Chinese version of the Soviet gulag. Twenty million died as a result of the primitive living conditions and 14-hour work days.”
The chairman himself struggled to keep up with his personal hygiene, refused to brush his teeth, and allegedly enjoyed being a sexual predator according to “The Private Life of Chairman Mao,” which Mao’s personal physician Li Zhisui published after escaping China to Chicago, Illinois.
“Many of the women that Mao slept with were daughters of poor peasants who Li said believed that sleeping with the chairman was the greatest experience of their life,” the book said according to the Mao’s private life and sexual activity website. “Mao was happiest and most satisfied when he had several young women simultaneously sharing his bed, and he encouraged his sexual partners to introduce him to others.”
Reps. Tim Burchett (R-Tenn.) and Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.) have cosponsored the bill.