Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.), warned on his Twitter account that the elections to be held in Taiwan on Jan. 11 will be “vital” in curbing the “oppressive” influence of Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

Scott, made his comment on Monday, Jan. 6, by retweeting an article from Reuters that underlined that the elections are decisive for the demonstrators who were forced to flee from Hong Kong to Taiwan, because if the ruling party is replaced by the opposition on—aimed at the Chinese communist regime—the situation would change.

According to Reuters, Taiwan’s government led by Tsai Ing-wen has given refuge to some 60 escaped protesters, who fear that a victory for pro-Beijing candidate Han Kuo-yu could jeopardize their protected status. 

‘Opening more doors to oppression’

“Allowing Communist China’s influence to spread will only open more doors for oppression,” Scott said, alluding to a possible victory for the opposition, while asserting, “Taiwan’s election is vital to the continued fight for human rights & freedom in the region.”

“We must stand with our brothers and sisters in Hong Kong and Taiwan,” closed Scott’s message, recalling the tweet in support of Hong Kong published in early October 2019 by Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey, for which he became the target of criticism and punitive action from the CCP.

“In the days that followed, Chinese leagues, broadcasting services, sponsors, and partners cut ties with the Rockets and the NBA,” Business Insider described. 

Communist Influence Crosses Borders

The dispute between the NBA and the CCP drew attention to the extent to which the regime’s censorship is increasingly influencing discourse outside its borders.

The following month President Trump signed Hong Kong’s Human Rights and Democracy Act 2019—with Scott as one of the key sponsors—which calls for sanctions on Chinese and Hong Kong officials who commit human rights violations, and requires an annual review of Washington’s favorable trade treatment of Hong Kong, Taiwan News reported.

“The biggest threat we face in the next century comes from China,” Scott told the Miami Herald. “It’s Hong Kong now, then it’s Taiwan and soon it’s the United States,” he concluded.

Meanwhile, social repression is on the rise in mainland China, where practitioners of the ancient Chinese spiritual discipline known as Falun Gong or Falun Dafa are tortured and killed en masse for refusing to renounce their faith and adhere to one-track thinking.

Followers of Christianity, Judaism, and other minorities also live in a “state of siege,” surrounded by detention camps and constantly monitored by the authorities. Facial recognition has become ubiquitous, allowing for new forms of social control, and the suppression of speech on the Internet has only become more severe, Bloomberg said.  

Demonstrations in Hong Kong’s semi-autonomous administrative region began eight months ago to oppose a controversial plan to extradite anyone charged with a crime to China but ended in anti-government protests over alleged Communist Party interference on the island.

It should be remembered that in 1989, a series of rallies led by Chinese students demanding democracy and freedom also took place in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, which ended up being repressed in blood and fire by the communist regime, leaving an unknown number of innocent people dead, which could have been hundreds or thousands.