CHINA; Congressional Record Vol. 165, No. 84
(Senate - May 20, 2019)

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                                 CHINA

  Mr. SCHUMER. Mr. President, finally, on Huawei, there is positive 
news about an administrative action. I am in full support of what the 
Commerce Department did on Huawei, and I want to give a shout-out to 
Google for joining in and urge all other American companies to join as 
well. The administration issued an Executive order laying the 
groundwork to ban the purchase of telecommunications equipment from 
China's state-controlled firms. The decision, as I said, is having an 
impact because of Google. We are waiting for other companies to join 
in.
  For years, China has prevented great American technology companies 
like Google, Facebook, and so many others from operating in China. They 
put barrier after barrier in the way because we are better, and they 
know American firms would capture the Chinese market. They put barriers 
in the way, they steal our technology and then develop it, and then 
even try to sell it back here. It has happened with computers. It has 
happened with so many other things that America and American know-how 
developed.
  Huawei is a national security concern. It is a Chinese company that 
could pry into all of us. But it is also an excellent weapon to get 
China to finally start treating us fairly, which they haven't done for 
30 years. We have lost tens of millions of good-paying American jobs 
and trillions of dollars because of what China has done to us. I have 
to say that both Democratic and Republican administrations in the past 
just sat there under some guise of free trade, which wasn't free or 
fair at all. And now we have some weapons.
  A lot of these folks--these pundits, these critics, these editorial 
writers--say tariffs is the wrong way to go. Talking is the wrong way 
to go. It got us nowhere. But one other way to go is reciprocity.
  China, we are going to treat some of your companies the way you treat 
our companies.
  That is what we did with Huawei. It was the first time I have seen 
something very strong. I hope the President doesn't back off. He did 
with ZTE because President Xi asked him to. The head of China asked him 
to.
  Don't back off, Mr. President.
  This is the right thing to do, and I have been advocating for 
decades. I asked President Bush and President Obama to use reciprocity 
as a tool to stop China. It is another tool in our toolkit and an 
effective one.
  If China won't let our most productive companies compete in its 
markets, we shouldn't let China's state-driven companies compete in 
ours. They get subsidies from the state.
  We should not give Huawei--particularly Huawei, which is a security 
concern as well--free reign in the United States. China has to learn 
something. It has to open up its markets if it wants access to ours. 
They talk about, oh, we are an affront to China because we are asking 
for fairness? Give me a break. Give me a break. We know what fairness 
is.
  I believe the administration's decision to put pressure on China to 
reform its economic policies was very smart, and I am really glad they 
did it.
  I yield the floor.
  I suggest the absence of a quorum.
  The PRESIDING OFFICER. The clerk will call the roll.
  The senior assistant legislative clerk proceeded to call the roll.
  Mr. KAINE. Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the order for 
the quorum call be rescinded.
  The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered.

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