Hollywood actor and pro-Tibet activist Richard Gere on Tuesday (June 30) testified to the U.S. Senate that Chinese censorship on industries like information and entertainment act as a non-tariff barrier to trade.
“The U.S. opened its doors to Chinese products, Chinese investments in various forms of Chinese cultural influence, including state media… But as you also know, China does not reciprocate. Access to Chinese market is limited,” Gere told the Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness via video conferencing.
Gere is the chairman of the International Campaign for Tibet and has long advocated for better treatment by China of ethnic minorities in the restive region.
The hearing comes as Beijing on Tuesday unveiled new national security laws for Hong Kong that will punish crimes of secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces with up to life in prison, heralding a more authoritarian era for China’s freest city.
Washington, already in dispute with China over trade, the South China Sea and the coronavirus, began eliminating Hong Kong’s special status under U.S. law on Monday, halting defence exports and restricting technology access.
(Production: Mana Rabiee)