Rep. Smith: China Is ‘A Brutal Dictatorship,’ ‘So Repressive Against Its Own People’

By Emily Ward | October 10, 2018 | 5:25pm EDT
Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.)

( – House Representative Chris Smith (R-N.J.) described the Communist Chinese government under President Xi Jinping a “brutal dictatorship” that is “so repressive against its own people,” in a press conference at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.

“I’ve never seen a dictatorship like this one that is so repressive against its own people – in modern times – on every front, in such large numbers,” said Rep. Smith, co-chairman of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC). “And it’s only getting worse under Xi Jinping.”


Representative Smith joined Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), chairman of the CECC, at the conference to release the CECC’s 2018 annual report on human rights conditions and the rule of law in China. The report also provides policy recommendations to the U.S. government.

Smith said the report is “required reading for everyone who is concerned about China.”


“The Commission’s annual report is the gold standard of human rights reporting and ought to be required reading for everyone who is concerned about China, both in the State Department and the White House, certainly within the media, and all people of goodwill who wish only the best for the men and women and children of China who are suffering under a brutal dictatorship under Xi Jinping,” said Smith.

Communist China's President Xi Jinping. (YouTube)

The report outlined the various ways in which the Chinese regime is repressing its citizens, including a “crackdown” on religious freedom in an attempt to “sinocize” religion.

According to Rep. Smith, “The Chinese government has intensified its most severe crackdown on all religious faiths since the Cultural Revolution. Xi Jinping has personally launched efforts to, what he calls, ‘sinocize’ religion, and the central government has issued commands to each provincial party secretary, making them responsible to bring religion in line with Communist Party ideology.”

The Cultural Revolution was a violent movement led by former Chinese dictator Mao Zedong in the 1960s to re-assert control of the government and purge the nation of people and elements considered to be out of line with his Communist ideology.

Rep. Smith described China’s current “political re-education camps” in which Chinese Uyghur Muslims are detained and “brutalized.”

“These are detention camps, these are re-education camps where people are killed, where they are tortured and they are brutalized in so many, many ways,” he said.

Rep. Smith detailed various violations of religious freedom, calling them a “nightmare” for Chinese citizens.

Flag of the People's Republic of China. (YouTube)

“When Bibles are burned and Tibetan monks burn themselves in protest, when a simple prayer over a meal in public may be considered an illegal religious gathering, when mosques and churches are demolished and Uyghur and Kazakh Muslims are forced to renounce their faith, the China dream is a nightmare for millions upon millions of Chinese citizens,” said Smith.

He also discussed China’s “disinformation” campaign, saying the Chinese government is “very much into disinformation and spreading a narrative that is absolutely false.”

According to Rep. Smith, many U.S. companies, such as Google, are complicit in Chinese censorship.

“If you go back to 2006 … if you did a Google search of Tiananmen Square in China, and I did it at a café, you got only wonderful pictures of people smiling and posing for pictures,” Smith said about the infamous 1989 massacre in Beijing in which thousands of pro-democracy protestors were killed and arrested by the Chinese government.

“Nothing about the tanks, all of it censored out,” he added. “And Google was part of that.”

Smith also condemned China’s ongoing population control policy, which, he argued, has caused coerced abortions and an “explosion” of sex trafficking.

“The Chinese government also continues, as the report points out, to coercively limit the size of Chinese families, violating international obligations. It is a brutal policy of forced abortion that causes unspeakable pain and suffering, especially to the women, and it has also led to an explosion of sex trafficking because of the missing girls and the missing young women in the PRC [People’s Republic of China],” said the congressman.

“You have a situation where there’s a gross disparity between male and female, and it’s predictable, and now trafficking has exploded where women are being turned into commodities for sale and they are being brought in from other countries, including North Korea,” he added.

Rep. Smith said 2018 has been “disastrous” for human rights and democracy in China.

“As the report shows, it’s been another disastrous year for China’s human rights defenders, for democracy activists, for religious leaders and labor activists,” said Smith.

According to the Black Book of Communism (Harvard University Press), Communist China has killed more than 65 million of its own people for political reasons since 1950. 

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