In my latest editorial for CGTN, I explore why one U.S. senator needs to rethink his let’s-sanction-China strategy.
Returning to Rubio, we must acknowledge that in attempting to validate his bona fides as an anti-Communist, he is ignoring reality. Any sanctions the U.S. would issue against China would be met with a response by the Chinese people. U.S. businesses and private citizens would be quickly reminded that the Chinese will not take kindly to efforts to embarrass their nation on the global stage. For example, only a year ago, a boycott of the Swedish company H&M rapidly unfolded in China after the brand questioned whether forced labor was being used in Xinjiang. The New York Times reported that within days of a boycott of H&M, the company had issued a statement saying, “We are dedicated to regaining the trust and confidence of our customers, colleagues, and business partners in China.”