Yesterday, Attorney General William Barr forcefully denounced the Chinese Communist Party’s global ambition to “make the world safe for dictatorship.” He called on American corporations to stop enabling the CCP’s realization of that ominous goal.
While Mr. Barr identified commercial, human rights and national security imperatives for ending such “engagement,” he introduced a potentially decisive consideration. The AG described the Party’s illegal activities – including some that are killing not just our jobs, economy and middle class, but thousands of our citizens.
In fact, the CCP is a transnational criminal organization (or TCO). Its members, present and past, should be barred entry into the United States – a prohibition under consideration by the Trump administration. If the Party is designated as a TCO, however, U.S. businesses aiding and abetting such a criminal enterprise risk being treated as accomplices.
This is Frank Gaffney.