Commission Doesn't "Like" China's Social Media Record

China GoogleThe Congressional-Executive Commission on China held a hearing on Capitol Hill to scrutinize human rights and trade concerns with China's censorship of the Internet and new media platforms. Among the panelists called to testify by Commission Chairman Christopher Smith (R-NJ) was Pastor John Zhang, who was imprisoned after the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests and, after becoming a Christian in 2001, led an underground house church. Pastor Zhang drew attention to the plight of Chinese political dissidents persecuted for expressing themselves online, and he cast a wary eye on American companies cooperating with Chinese authorities, particularly noting Cisco, which he declared had "knowingly helped China's Ministry of Public Security construct the "Golden Shield Project"... a national surveillance network system." Ed Black, head of the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA), supported U.S. efforts to hold China accountable through the tools of current trade agreements, and he warned that America "must take care not to undermine our own foreign policy and trade goals by setting bad precedent in our domestic laws."

  • Watch this Congressional-Executive Commission on China hearing.