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Sen. Cotton details plan to cut Chinese investment in Hollywood

Randy Mancini 12 Feb 20
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 05: Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., speaks during a Senate Intelligence Committee nomination hearing for Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May. 5, 2020. The panel is considering Ratcliffe's nomination for director of national intelligence. (Photo by Andrew Harnik-Pool/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 05: Sen. Tom Cotton spoke during a Senate Intelligence Committee nomination hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May. 5, 2020. (Photo by Andrew Harnik-Pool/Getty Images)

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) detailed a plan to cut China out of Hollywood’s movie making scene. The Arkansas lawmaker explained his “Beat China” report on Thursday, while speaking at a virtual conference for the Reagan Institute.

The Chinese Communist Party has lied, stolen, and killed its way to the top. America needs a plan to beat this new Evil Empire. Here are a few of my recommendations.https://t.co/Fnf9MnVjId

— Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) February 18, 2021

Cotton noted accepting Chinese Communist Party funding is “ultimately hostile” to the “freedom and creativity” of entertainment executives. Studios reportedly self-censor to represent China favorably and ignore human rights violations.

Cotton suggested building on the Trump administration’s strategy of sanctioning human rights abusers.

“We need to cut off the spigot of money that has fueled China’s rise and corrupted our elites, creating a China lobby, stretching from New York and Washington to Silicon Valley and Hollywood, touching corporate board rooms and college campuses in between,” Cotton stated. “United States must more carefully scrutinize inbound investment from China.”

Cotton added “any serious strategy to beat China” starts with a “commitment to decouple our countries in key areas.”

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