As a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, I am honored to have a voice in our nation's foreign policy. The United States of America is a shining example of freedom, and has the ability to lead the world by example. Our nation is a generous one, and while the temptation to give money and aid to all corners of the globe is great we must also be proper stewards of your hard-earned tax dollars. Foreign aid, while a noble cause, must be reformed to ensure that money is spent both efficiently and wisely. Additionally, we must begin to shift our aid model from one of direct monetary aid to one of trade. Strong trade has the potential to benefit all and creates a stable economic environment that will lift countries out of needing aid in the first place. A stable economy attracts businesses, which in turn creates jobs. Rather than one country becoming reliant on another, we help them become a member of the world economy. However, we must also always be mindful of any trade negotiation to ensure that our trade agreement does not come at the cost of our sovereignty. It is possible to have commerce with nations without losing your sovereignty to them. I welcome a robust foreign policy that encourages this approach.
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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence warned Beijing that any violent crackdown in Hong Kong on protesters would harm the Sino-U.S. trade talks, reiterating a remark made by the U.S. President Donald Trump a day earlier.
“For the United States to make a deal with China, Beijing needs to honor its commitments—beginning with the commitment China made in 1984 to respect the integrity of Hong Kong’s laws through the Sino-British joint declaration,” Pence stated in a speech given at the Detroit Economic Club on Aug. 19.
Mass civilian protests in Hong Kong are now entering their third month and are continuing to shed light on the deterioration of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) influence outside of mainland China. Rising resentment in Hong Kong is not simply a result of the ill-fated extradition law championed by Chief Executive Carrie Lam, but the continued encroachment on freedom and liberties by President Xi Jinping and the CCP – which are now taking a violent turn.
U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho, the top Republican on the U.S. Asia and the Pacific Subcommittee and a former vice-chairman of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, weighed in on China’s continued efforts to crackdown on protests in Hong Kong.
On Friday, Yoho said the following:
If China continues the crackdown on the people of Hong Kong for their justified protest, I would hope that the free people of the world would begin a campaign to buy products from anywhere but China for the following reasons.
Florida’s two senators on Capitol Hill weighed in on China’s crackdown on protests in Hong Kong in recent days.
The protests, which started over an extradition policy that could lead activists in Hong Kong to be deported to mainland China, have resulted in the shutdown of the Hong Kong airport.
Weighing in on the protests, U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., ripped into the Chinese regime and on Wednesday urged President Trump to stay strong.
Washington, D.C. - Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL), Lead Republican for the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and Nonproliferation, released the following statement regarding the sale of F-16s to Taiwan:
Washington, D.C. - Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL), Lead Republican for the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and Nonproliferation, released the following statement:
“If China continues the crackdown on the people of Hong Kong for their justified protest, I would hope that the free people of the world would begin a campaign to buy products from anywhere but China for the following reasons.
Washington, D.C. - Congressman Ted S. Yoho (FL-03) and Congressman Brad Sherman (CA-30), the Ranking Member and Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific and Nonproliferation, today expressed support for the Hong Kong people and urged China not to intervene and forcibly suppress the protests.
President Trump will look to bolster trade with Mongolia, a “pearl between two oyster shells,” when the president of the Asian nation visits the White House on Wednesday.
Senior administration officials said 90 percent of Mongolia’s trade flows through its neighbor, China, yet the administration would like to help it diversify its options by bolstering the U.S. partnership.
As it stands, the U.S. sends Mongolia automobiles and heavy machinery, while Mongolia exports tungsten — a rare metal — and plenty of luxurious cashmere to the states.
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