Censorship in China and 5 other countries hits US companies: Report


The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) has released some of its investigations into six foreign censorships affecting US companies, especially in China. Two senators urged the United States to fight back with trade tools.

On January 27, the USITC released the first report of the investigation (pdf), Calling China, Russia, Turkey, Vietnam, India and Indonesia as the places where censorship is most prevalent. The 240-page report details policies and practices that US companies consider to be trade and investment obstacles.

Unlike transactions with other countries, the report sets aside another chapter to explore the role of the CCP administration in illegal activities.

“The censorship-related indexes used in this report consistently rate China as one of the highest levels of censorship in all sectors,” the report said.

Beijing uses a combination of technical and non-technical tools to manage information and align it with political agendas such as website blocking, keyword filtering, and throttling, the report said. I am saying.

The report specifically mentions China’s Great Firewall, which “allows governments to maintain national control over the gateway to the world’s Internet.” It blocked most US and international social media and messaging platforms and services, as well as foreign media outlets.

Over the last five years, the Chinese government has enforced four laws to strengthen the flow of information. This includes the Cyber ​​Security Act (2017), the Governance Provisions for the Online Information Content Ecosystem (2020), the Hong Kong National Security Act (2020), and the Data Security Act (2021).

Senator Ron Wyden (Democratic Party) of the Senate Finance Committee said at a press conference that it is a coincidence that the same law as “free speech” in China prevents American media and tech companies from competing fairly. Said not. The most populous country on the planet. He expressed concern about China’s Great Firewall.

“If the United States wants to compete in the future economy and secure a free and open internet for people around the world, our government needs to take the fight against authoritarian censorship seriously. “Weiden said.

Senator Mike Klapo (R-Aidaho) emphasized the inseparability between free trade and American values.

“Free trade and freedom are inextricably linked, which is why Americans are very successful in the global market,” said Klapo. “American films, music, literature, the press, and digital platforms are global icons for the rights of freedom of expression guaranteed by the US Constitution and the laws that enforce it. The oppressive government is me. We censor us because we know that our trade brings our value. “

The United States must oppose China’s censorship and shift to a more aggressive role to prevent censorship from occurring in other markets, Klapo added.

Frank Yue

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Frank Yue is a Canadian-based journalist in The Epoch Times, featuring news related to China. He also holds a Master’s degree in English and Literature from Tianjin Foreign Studies University in China.