Washington – This morning, Wyoming Congresswoman and House GOP Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Wisconsin Congressman Mike Gallagher (R-WI) issued the following joint statement regarding the 70th Anniversary of the People’s Republic of China: 

“Today marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). This is not a day for celebration. Rather, it is an opportunity to remember the victims, past and present, of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Since its founding, the People’s Republic of China has deprived its citizens of their fundamental human rights and human dignity. From the tens of millions who starved to death during Mao Zedong’s Great Leap Forward, to the students who stared down tanks in Tiananmen Square, to the millions of Uighurs who have languished in concentration camps, and now to the courageous people of Hong Kong, the CCP’s appalling record of repression is clear.

“Today the CCP continues to wage a campaign of aggression at home and abroad. Chinese citizens are every day subject to a nightmarish totalitarian dystopia with the PRC’s ever-expanding surveillance state and social credit system. The Chinese government uses the same totalitarian tactics beyond its borders, bullying its neighbors and seeking to undermine sovereignty throughout the Indo-Pacific and beyond.

“On the anniversary of the PRC, the U.S. stands with the foremost victims of the Chinese Communist Party: Chinese citizens themselves. It is for their future, as well as that of their fellow victims in Xinjiang, in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and beyond, that we rededicate ourselves to ensuring that the Chinese Communist Party is left on the ash heap of history.”