Sen. Tom Cotton Joins Call for President Trump to Prevent 20 P.L.A. Companies from Doing Business, Raising Funds in U.S.

 Sen. Tom Cotton Joins Call for President Trump to Prevent 20 P.L.A. Companies from Doing Business, Raising Funds in U.S.

CPDC Letter Says It’s Imperative for National Security, Solidarity with Hong Kong

June 28, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas made news this morning on Maria Bartiromo’s “Sunday Morning Futures” by expressing his strong opposition to the continued operation of twenty “Communist Chinese military companies” that the Pentagon revealed last week are doing business in the United States. He declared: “That needs to stop today.” Here is their exchange:

Maria Bartiromo: “The Pentagon this week revealed that there are more than 20 “Communist Chinese military companies” operating inside the United States.

“They are doing joint ventures, they’re buying companies, they’re getting money from our capital markets. How is this possible that we have so [many] companies in our own capital markets that are actually undermining national security?”

Sen. Tom Cotton: “Unfortunately, it reflects longstanding bureaucratic and establishment indifference [to] the threat that China poses.

“The Defense Department to its credit finally produced a list of Chinese companies that are either controlled by or closely affiliated with PLA. That’s been a requirement in the law since 1999.

“It was only when I and a few other legislators brought it to the Department’s attention that they actually researched the question and published that list.

“This is an example of what China calls civil-military fusion, where they use cutting-edge civilian companies as fronts to increase their military technology, even in competitive countries like the United States.

“That needs to stop today.”

An open letter to President Trump circulated by the Committee on the Present Danger: China (CPDC), signed by 89 national security practitioners, subject matter experts, business leaders and other patriots and released today makes the same recommendation. The signatories note, however, that this is not only a national security imperative. Coming as the Chinese Communist Party is poised to formalize its liquidation of the last vestiges of freedom in Hong Kong, the shuttering of the PLA’s infrastructure in America is an opportunity to demonstrate solidarity with the people of that former British colony and to

make this vicious seizure of an outpost of the Free World costly for the perpetrators.

To its credit, on Thursday, the Trump administration made a move in that direction by applying visa restrictions to present and former CCP officers deemed responsible for threatening Hong Kong’s autonomy. But much more must – and can – be done.

In fact, as CPDC Chairman Brian Kennedy noted in a letter sent to President Trump on June 25th, the President not only can act against these 20 companies (the list of such leading corporate members of the PRC’s military-industrial complex, which the Defense Department calls the “first tranche,” is here.) He is statutorily mandated to do so. By putting the PLA companies out of business here, he can also end another travesty: the access to our capital markets enjoyed by these enablers of the threats the CCP poses to us and the rest of the Free World.

The CPDC’s open letter sent today concludes:

“The people of Hong Kong would regard the real and punitive impact of such a step on their Chinese Communist Party oppressors as tangible proof of America’s commitment to their freedom. And by taking that step, you would make a significant contribution towards safeguarding our own people and their nation from the damage done by PLA companies inside this country.”


To interview representatives of the Committee on the Present Danger: China, contact, Patrick Benner, 610.584.1096, ext. 104, or Deborah Hamilton, ext. 102.