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Congressman Rohrabacher Blasts Corporate America For Complicity With Communist China

Feb 15, 2006

Washington, Feb 15, 2006 - Today Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) attended the joint subcommittee hearing “The Internet in China: A Tool for Freedom or Suppression?” The hearing included representatives from the State Department, Microsoft, Google and Yahoo. The hearing was to explore the recent cooperation of internet search engines, such as Google, to cooperate with the communist regime in Chinato self-censor searches by the Chinese people.

“It is amazing to me that American internet companies cannot connect the dots between profits and free and unfettered access to ideas,”stated Rep. Rohrabacher at the hearing. “It is incomprehensible how they fail to understand the implications for their own financial future by colluding with Chinese authorities to track down pro-democracy advocates or by setting up fire walls against such offending words as ‘independent judiciary,’ or ‘democracy.’If and when Chinabecomes a democracy these companies will be the first to be booted out by those who will remember their betrayal and hypocrisy.

The People’s Republic of China is notorious for it’s crackdown on the democratic movement in the country. Recent stories include the decision by Yahoo to release email information to the regime on a reporter who had been reporting on the media controls in the country. The reporter was subsequently sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Congressman Rohrabacher invited Yuan Li to today’s hearing while pictures of his bruised face were shown on the televisions in the committee room. Mr. Li is an American citizen living in Atlantawho is a Falun Gong practitioner and works to communicate with people in Chinato get around the firewalls set up by internet search engines. Last week, Yuan Li was beaten up in his own home by Chinese and Korean speaking men who stole two computers, a cell phone, a hard disk and a brief case. The FBI has launched an investigation into the robbery and beating.

“The beating of pro-democracy individuals in Chinais common practice but what is not common is that Mr. Li is able to be here with us today,” said Congressman Rohrabacher. “He is an American hero and I applaud his bravery.”

Yesterday Congressman Rohrabacher, Chairman of the International Relations Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, held a hearing on Chinese Influence on U.S. Foreign Policy through U.S. Educational Institutions, Multilateral Organizations, Corporate America and U.S. Media.