A number of U.S. House representatives have recently introduced The “Stop CCP Act.” The bill intends to hold the Chinese Communist Party responsible for grave human rights violations.
The legislative proposal formally sanctions thousands of CCP officials, including Chinese dictator Xi Jinping and his entire family.
According to Breitbart News, on February 9, the proposal, introduced by Rep. Lisa McClain, has the backing of Rep. Jim Banks and House Armed Services Committee ranking member Rep. Mike Rogers.
McClain’s bill dubbed the “Stop CCP Act” would impose crippling restrictions on CCP leaders, including preventing them from obtaining visas for travel to the U.S. and financial sanctions prohibiting them from using or accessing specific assets. Every member of the CCP’s “National Congress,” the party’s highest governing body, would be sanctioned. The CCP’s National Congress meets every five years with the party’s most senior members, and the next meeting is set for the end of this year.
In addition to Xi Jinping himself being sanctioned under this proposal, his immediate family members, including his daughter, who attended Harvard earlier in life, would be sanctioned under this suggestion. Xi’s daughter would not have been able to attend Harvard if this bill had been in effect at the time.
The bill also prohibits people with more than 2,000 CCP members from entering the U.S., as well as their families. The CCP leaders and their families would also be explicitly barred from accessing America’s financial institutions, preventing them from using family members to circumvent sanctions.
This measure would also make it illegal for American corporations doing business in China to do business with any sanctioned individuals, including CCP officials and their family members.
The bill also gives China a way out of these devastating sanctions: The legislation contains a waiver that the President of the United States can use to certify easing the penalties for two years if the CCP truly stops its human rights violations with Uyghurs and in Hong Kong, theft of American intellectual property, and invasions into Taiwan. However, the waiver would expire every two years and need to be renewed by Congress to ensure that a president with too many financial ties to China, such as Biden, would not misuse it.
McClain said in a statement to Breitbart News:
“China is one of the biggest threats to the safety and security of the United States and the world. Sanctioning leaders of the CCP is a commonsense way to show China and the world that we are sick and tired of their aggressive, bully-like tactics.”
Rep. Jim Banks said that the CCP leaders who sanctioned this plan are exceptionally cruel human rights violators.
He said: “This collection of individuals are some of the world’s worst human rights offenders and leaders in an authoritarian, evil regime. We not only have a national security obligation, but a moral obligation, to block them from carrying out their corrupt agenda here on our shores. The Republican Study Committee is proud to lead the way in standing up to the Chinese Communist Party.”
According to Rogers, this is a measure aimed at holding the CCP accountable, the ranking member of the Armed Services Committee who will presumably become the chairman of that powerful committee, which considers annual must-pass legislation like the National Defense Authorization Act.
Rogers said: “The Chinese Communist Party must be held accountable for their egregious and disturbing human rights abuses. Every day that Joe Biden hesitates in holding the CCP accountable for genocide and slave labor the CCP only grows more emboldened in their campaign of evil.”
Rep. Joe Wilson, the Republican Study Committee’s National Security and Foreign Affairs chairman, also backs the bill.
Wilson said: “I am grateful to join this effort to require sanctions on senior CCP members for their malign behavior and human rights abuses. We must be bold if we are going to push back against decades of the CCP taking advantage of us and oppressing the extraordinary people of China.”