New York Times
Letter to the Editor: Sen. Rick Scott
December 1, 2020

To the Editor:

Re “China and U.S. Can Have Cooperative Competition” (Op-Ed, Nov. 25):

Fu Ying, a former vice foreign minister of China, suggests the need for an equal and candid conversation. She is right. Both sides should be honest about what is going on.

The Chinese Communist Party is committing a genocide. The United States is the world’s best and loudest advocate for human rights, and our founding principles have shaped the world’s understanding of liberty and democracy.

Communist China is trying to expand borders beyond its territorial control in a quest for world dominance. The United States will stand against those who encroach on others’ sovereign territory.

China regularly steals American research and technology, and tech companies like TikTok and Huawei are required by Chinese law to turn over data to the Chinese Communist Party.

Every time the party speaks, it tells one-sided stories and half-truths, and Ms. Fu’s article is no different.

We can no longer pretend that Communist China is an ally with good intentions, merely a partner with customs and a political system that we don’t fully understand. Communist China is a totalitarian regime bent on world domination, and as long as its officials refuse to tell the truth or respect human rights, they will be treated as such.

Rick Scott
The writer, a Republican, is a U.S. senator from Florida.