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senate Bill S. 178

Should the U.S. Block Technology Exports That Could Aid China’s Persecution of the Uighur Muslims?

Argument in favor

The U.S. should take a stand against the People’s Republic of China’s mass surveillance of the Uyghurs and other predominantly Muslim ethnic minorities and the internment of a million or more in “political reeducation” camps. The reports required by this bill would orient federal agencies toward strategies that will end the persecution diplomatically.

Mitchell's Opinion
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last Sunday
Yes and while we're on it we should do the same here too.
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Martha's Opinion
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last Sunday
We should do anything we can to punish countries that repress their citizens, and that includes our own country.
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Jeff's Opinion
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last Monday
Selling arms and technology for repressing or eliminating others is immoral.
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Argument opposed

Congress shouldn’t try to tie the hands of the executive branch as it engages in diplomacy with China. The reports required by this bill could further weaken the U.S.-China diplomatic relationship amid an ongoing trade dispute and tensions over North Korea’s nuclear program.

NoHedges's Opinion
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last Monday
I will not support any Republican legislation until the GOP upholds the Constitution and decides to represent the people who elected them over both president/party. I AM DONE WITH THE DO AS I SAY BULLSHIT. Ethical leadership does NOT promote lies and deceitful practices. END THE “steady state” nightmare.
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jimK's Opinion
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last Monday
I think a Congressional resolution is appropriate; of our Country’s belief in human rights and that it is our belief that that Uighur’s rights as human beings are being violated by China’s persecution policies. I don’t think we have the right nor the authority to unilaterally impose our beliefs on another country, unless we do so as part of a broader world community of allied partners. This appears to be another attempt to leverage an unrelated issue in order to force trade policy changes because we think we can. Our ability to enforce our will on other countries has been seriously diminished under our republican-enabled trump ‘rule’. The downfall of authoritarian regimes, of which we have increasingly become, is that their self-righteous beliefs, which by ‘proclamation’ are ‘right and righteous’, can simply be imposed on others. If needed, these beliefs should not be ‘policied’ by us alone because ‘we said so’ without allied interests and international cooperation and support. In particular, this all seems quite hypocritical given our own abdominal recent ‘human-rights’ abuses of Latino immigrants. ... ... ... It is always much better to ‘lead’ by our example than it is to ‘lead’ by imposing our self-righteous mandates.
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Jeanne's Opinion
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last Monday
We jail babies! How are we superior to leaders of China?
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The house Passed December 3rd, 2019
    Roll Call Vote 407 Yea / 1 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
  • The senate Passed September 11th, 2019
    Passed by Voice Vote
      senate Committees
      Committee on Foreign Relations
    IntroducedJanuary 17th, 2019

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    We should stop all technological aid to China. We shouldn’t be doing any business with them. They are an oppressive regime and very dangerous.
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    Yes, perhaps it’s time we keep our technology from any country that is questionable or a danger to others.
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    And we need to formally protest the Chinese genocide of the Tibetan people, their culture and Tibetan Buddhism.
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    Things like this should always be blocked. Hey, how about cleaning up our own human rights atm?
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    Uyghur Muslims are in dire needs of US support. I believe with your help and support, together our voice will be louder and be able to raise the awareness of the 21st century cultural genocide and ethnic cleansing the Uyghur people are facing. The Bill has to pass but unfortunately is does not seem to be the priority, We need to raise awareness of the situation at all levels. If we raise up together and be the voice of voiceless, innocent people of East Turkistan, we can at least put pressure on our own government to take action and force China to shut down the concentration camps and stop the crimes against humanity. I believe if we stand up for what we believe in, we can change the horrific situation in East Turkistan. The world was promised "never again", we just can let this atrocity continue and witness the beautiful culture disappear before us. We must be bigger than that.
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    But do you expect Trump to follow through? Destroy minorities and support oppressors: that’s his game.
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    Maybe we should hold off calling the kettle black. Our Congress has done nothing in support of safety in our public school system, law enforcement has done little to weed out bad officers, we still have big time prejudices, homeless is still rampant, seniors lacking proper care, veterans not getting the attention they need. Before we take actions on other countries what about ourselves? My list could go on.
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    Congress shouldn’t try to tie the hands of the executive branch as it engages in diplomacy with China. The reports required by this bill could further weaken the U.S.-China diplomatic relationship amid an ongoing trade dispute and tensions over North Korea’s nuclear program.
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    Stop the persecution of the Muslims it's no different what Hitler did to the Jews and what Israel is doing to the Palestinians.
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    Nobody should be persecuted for their beliefs! You can’t just make people stop believing what they believe because you want them to! Yes, anything that will make things more difficult for those who think this is OK is a great idea.
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    What stupid question is this? Technology exports that China persecuting Moslems? I think that’s called fire arms!
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    If we had any sense we would not send China any technology they will continue to use it against us and guess what we pay for it !
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    We should block anything that promotes human rights violations.
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    Wherever Muslims plant themselves, they always attempted to install Shira Law in their maniacal drive to create a World Caliphate in any way possible. Let China deal with it. This is not a U.S, problem... let's not make it one.
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    Although we have immigrants separated, kept in cold boxes and locked up we still must never allow concentration camps. Our politicians have decided to be political not humane so it does feel hypocritical. We have many issues in this country. However just to see our politicians do something humane might be refreshing.
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    The secretive political re-education camps are no different than POW camps. There are an estimated 1 - 3 million detainees so it’s like Guantanamo Bay on steroids. These people are never charged, never tried and some are held indefinitely. Their families have no idea what became of them. Some die in detention as a result of torture. They are forced to violate their religious beliefs and undergo thought control experiments to comply with the rule of an oppressive government. Any US effort to support these human rights violations is both counterintuitive and hypocritical on our part. If we take a stand for human rights, we must stand for human rights everywhere, not just in regions where it’s politically expedient. We must lead by example and not support oppressive regimes anywhere.
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    No aiding & abetting crimes against humanity.
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    How about blocking tech that’s helps their Military and corporate factory from stealing our tech....the have stolen most of our military tech .......and congress even had a Chinese spy as her driver for 20 years
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    The US should block technology exports to any person, place, thing, or entity that is not in the best interest of the United States. This should be obvious to the most casual observer.
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    If the US knowingly provides the technology to commit Human Rights abuses, we are complicit in those human Rights abuses. That said we need to address out own human rights abuses.
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