The government of China has threatened to inflict pain, including interfering in the upcoming November election, on Congressman Chris Smith and several other Republican lawmakers and officials who are working to hold China responsible for the tragic results of the COVID-19 pandemic.Read the rest of this entry » Posted: May 16th, 2020 | Author: admin | Filed under: China, Chris Smith, COVID-19 | Tags: China, Congressman Chris Smith, COVID-19 | 6 Comments »
Legislation introduced by Congressmen Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Ron Wright (R-TX) on Friday would strip China and other countries of their sovereign immunity if they intentionally made misrepresentations regarding the coronavirus, thereby allowing U.S. citizens, businesses and local government to sue those governments for the deaths, pain and suffering, and economic losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.Read the rest of this entry » Posted: April 18th, 2020 | Author: admin | Filed under: Monmouth County | Tags: China, Congressman Chris Smith, Congressman Ron Wright, coronavirus, COVID-19, HR 6524, JASTA, Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, New Jersey | Comments Off on Smith’s bill would allow Americans to sue China for COVID-19 related losses
(USA Features) U.S. intelligence agencies are currently investigating whether the coronavirus may have escaped from a Chinese lab in Wuhan city where research is done on highly contagious diseases, according to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
U.S. Army Gen. Mark Milley told reporters at the Pentagon Tuesday that initial information indicates that the COVID-19 pandemic appears to be a “natural” event that stemmed from animal-to-human transmission.
But he also noted published reports indicating that the virus may have occurred after escaping a research lab.“It should be no surprise that… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: April 15th, 2020 | Author: admin | Filed under: COVID-19 | Tags: China, COVID-19, Gen Mark Milley, Wuhan | Comments Off on Joint Chiefs chairman: U.S. probing whether coronavirus escaped a Chinese lab
By Congressman Chris Smith
Last December, when it became obvious China faced a deadly disease of historic dimensions, Xi Jinping and his government went into damage control mode.
We are not talking about controlling the terrible damage wrought by COVID-19 among humans, but rather the damage to China’s reputation as an emerging global leader, fearing that a carefully crafted, but bogus image would be damaged as more people around the world succumbed to COVID-19.Read the rest of this entry » Posted: April 6th, 2020 | Author: admin | Filed under: Chris Smith, COVID-19, Opinion | Tags: China, Congressman Chris Smith, COVID-19 | Comments Off on China’s deception on coronavirus – here’s how we hold their leadership accountable
We’ve seen the news of many thousands of citizens of Hong Kong taking to the streets to protest the erosion of their Human Rights and Democracy.
Congressman Chris Smith has introduced the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act four times since 2014. Today, the bill will have a vote on the floor of the House of Representatives.
Should it become law, the bill will: Read the rest of this entry »Posted: October 15th, 2019 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Chris Smith | Tags: China, Congressman Chris Smith, Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019 | Comments Off on Congressman Smith’s Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019
By Congressman Chris Smith
Mihrigul Tursun said she pleaded with God to end her life as her Chinese jailers increased the electrical currents coursing through her body. Tursun, a Muslim Uighur whose escape led her to the United States in September, broke down weeping at a Nov. 28 congressional hearing as she recounted her experience in one of China’s infamous political “ re-education centers.”
It is an appalling story but one that is all too familiar as existential threats to religious freedom rise in President Xi Jinping’s China. The world can’t ignore what’s happening there. We must all stand up and oppose these human rights violations.
The ruling Chinese Communist Party has undertaken the most comprehensive attempt to manipulate and control — or destroy — religious communities since Chairman Mao Zedong made the eradication of religion a goal of his disastrous Cultural Revolution half a century ago. Now Xi, apparently fearing the power of independent religious belief as a challenge the Communist Party’s legitimacy, is trying to radically transform religion into the party’s servant, employing a draconian policy known as sinicization.
Under sinicization, all religions and believers must comport with and aggressively promote communist ideology — or else.admin | Filed under: Chris Smith, Opinion | Tags: China, China's War on Religion, Congressman Chris Smith, Global Magnitsky Act, Op-Ed, Opinion, President Xi Jinping, Religion, Senator Marco Rubio, sinicization | 1 Comment »
Congressman Chris Smith today pressed representatives of the State Department and the Drug Enforcement Agency to use the tools prescribed in the Global Magnitsky Act to sanction bad actors in China who are contributing to the opioid overdose crisis in the United States through the manufacture and distribution of the synthetic drug fentanyl.
“Chinese-made fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, is killing Americans—more than 29,000 in 2017 alone,” Smith said. “We must hold the Chinese government accountable.”(Click here to read Chairman Smith’s full opening statement)
“Are we using existing tools to hold bad actors in China accountable? We have tools, such as the Global Magnitsky Act, which targets corrupt officials and human rights abusers. Perhaps it is time we start thinking outside the box and use something like Global Magnitsky to ensure that corrupt Chinese officials and narco-traffickers are held to account,” Smith said during a hearing of the House Subcommittee on Global Heath, which he chairs. Read the rest of this entry »Posted: September 6th, 2018 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Chris Smith, Congress | Tags: China, Congressman Chris Smith, fentanyl, Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, Joseph Coronato, Kirsten D. Madison, Opioid Addiction Crisis, Paul E. Knierim | 1 Comment »
Congressman Chris Smith is chairing a hearing of the House Global Health Subcommittee entitled “Tackling Fentanyl: The China Connection.”Art Gallagher | Filed under: Chris Smith, Monmouth County News | Tags: China, Congressman Chris Smith, fentanyl, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Opioid Addiction Crisis | Comments Off on Watch Congressman Smith hearing “Tackling Fentanyl: The China Connection” Live at 2PM
Congressman Chris Smith, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs’ Subcommittee on Global Health, will hold a hearing on China’s role in the manufacturing and distribution of fentanyl, the synthetic opioid that is killing thousands of American citizens, on Thursday, September 6, 2 p.m., in the Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing will be streamed live from the Committee’s website.
Smith announced the hearing during his remarks at Robbinville’s International Overdose Awareness Day last week.admin | Filed under: Chris Smith, Congress, Monmouth County News | Tags: CD-4, China, Congressman Chris Smith, fentanyl, Mercer County News, Monmouth County News, NJ 4, Ocean County News, Opioid Addiction Crisis, Overdose Awareness | 2 Comments »