On the eve of the Communist Party’s celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Party on July 1, the U.S. House of Representatives has introduced a bipartisan resolution stating that the centennial of the Party is not a reason to celebrate, but a time to reflect on the heinous crimes committed by the Communist Party; the resolution looks forward to the day when the Communist Party will no longer have a party celebration.
The Washington Examiner revealed some details of the resolution on Friday. The resolution condemns 100 years of gross human rights abuses by the Chinese Communist Party, including repression, torture, mass incarceration and genocide, and supports the Chinese people’s inherent right to self-determination and free political expression independent of one-party rule.
The House resolution points to the Communist Party’s “massive land reform campaign” in the 1940s, which killed 2 to 3 million people, and the “Three Anti’s” and “Five Anti’s” campaigns in 1951 and 1952, which resulted in a large number of people being killed. The “Three Anti” and “Five Anti” campaigns in 1951 and 1952 led to the execution and forced suicide of a large number of people. The resolution also details Mao’s “Great Leap Forward” in the late 1950s and early 1960s, which led to the starvation and death of 20 to 40 million Chinese people. The resolution also highlights Mao’s “Cultural Revolution” from 1966 to 1976, in which millions of people were arbitrarily arrested, tortured and executed, estimated to be between one and 35 million people. The resolution also mentions the CCP’s family planning policy and the 1989 Tiananmen massacre.
The resolution cites a number of historical abuses by the Chinese Communist Party, including the PLA’s annexation of Xinjiang in 1949 and Tibet in 1951 and the forced flight of the Dalai Lama in 1959.
Republican Rep. Mike Gallagher, one of the bill’s sponsors, said the history of the Chinese Communist Party over the past century has been one of repression, torture and genocide.
The resolution was co-sponsored by Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), Ranking Republican member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and head of the Republican China Task Force, Republican Conference Chairman Elise Stefanik (D-Mich.), Republican Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (D-Mich.), Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-N.Y.), Josh Gottheimer (D-N.Y.) and Jared Golden (D-N.Y.).
The House’s bipartisan resolution also noted the abuses committed by the Chinese Communist Party in recent years. In particular, it mentions that since 1999, the CCP has conducted an extensive campaign in China and around the world to eliminate Falun Gong religious activities, using methods of repression that include arbitrary detention, forced labor, physical torture, organ harvesting without consent, and in some cases, even death. The resolution also states that the CCP has cracked down on Christian activities, forcing churches to remove crosses, persecuting believers, and forcing house churches to close.
The resolution also points to the CCP’s “Fox Hunt,” which it describes as a comprehensive campaign by General Secretary Xi against Chinese citizens living outside of China – including groups living in the United States – who he considers to be a threat.
In addition, the resolution condemns the CCP’s crackdown on Hong Kong, the repression of Tibetans, and the crimes against humanity and genocide committed in Xinjiang.