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Rick Scott Intensifies His Push to Relocate 2022 Olympic Games Out of China

This week, U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., continued to ramp up his effort to get the 2022 Olympic Games out of China and calling for them to be moved to a nation that respects freedom, democracy and human rights.”

Scott urged President Joe Biden to help move the Olympic games, noting that the White House had no problem with Major League Baseball (MLB) moving the All Star Game out of Georgia due to its opposition of the state’s new voting law.

“Last week, we saw President Biden, so-called social and community leaders and corporations alike cave to lies about Georgia’s new election law. Lies being spread by radical Democrats and the woke left mob. Biden supports moving the MLB game out of Georgia, yet refuses to call on the International Olympic Committee to move the Olympics out of Communist China – which is committing a genocide against the Uyghurs,” Scott said on Tuesday.

“Biden and the Democrats need to be called out for their hypocrisy and face some pretty basic facts,” Scott continued. “Election security is not racist. Genocide is wrong. General Secretary Xi’s atrocious acts can’t be ignored and Communist China can’t be allowed to whitewash its crimes on an international stage. President Biden has immense power to help facilitate the relocation of the games, which I have urged him to do. If Biden truly stands for human rights, he will immediately begin this process by offering to host the games in the United States and providing the necessary federal resources to get this done. The American spirit is undefeated and there is no limit to what this great nation can accomplish when united under a common cause. It is now time for President Biden to lead America and the world and make clear that the United States will never tolerate the oppression and genocide occurring in Communist China.”

Scott also urged Coca-Cola, which a sponsor of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), “to immediately demand the IOC move the games or pull their sponsorship” and also brought up that company’s opposition to the Georgia voting law.

“Given the company’s recent statements about their support for democracy, it’s time that Coca-Cola answer this call and end its support of Communist China,” Scott’s office noted.

On Wednesday, Scott pointed to reports that the IOC gave uniform contracts for this year’s Tokyo games and the 2002 games to Chinese company Hengyuanxiang (HYX) Group.

“Reports indicate that HYX Group has an affiliated factory in Xinjiang, which is known for its use of forced labor, and openly advertises its use of Xinjiang cotton,” Scott’s office noted.

“For over a year, I’ve been calling on the IOC to stand up against Communist China’s genocide of the Uyghurs, and find a new host for the 2022 Olympic Games. Not only have they turned a blind eye to human rights, they are supporting General Secretary Xi’s genocidal campaign by contracting with a Chinese company that may use Uyghur forced labor. This is a new reprehensible low for the IOC. Every freedom-loving nation must stand up and condemn the IOC’s support of Communist China’s abuses, and demand the 2022 Games be moved to a nation that respects human rights,” Scott said on Wednesday.

“Yesterday, I called on President Biden to lead the world and offer to host the games in the United States. Communist China cannot be allowed an international platform to whitewash their crimes. The U.S. is more than equipped to host the Games, and I look forward to President Biden doing everything possible to move the games out of Beijing,” Scott added.

Scott also wrote French President Emmanuel Macron, urging him to support efforts to relocate the games. Scott previously sent similar letters to Biden, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

 

Reach Kevin Derby at kevin.derby@floridadaily.com.

 

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Rick Scott Urges Australian Prime Minister to Help Move 2022 Olympic Games Out of China

On Thursday, U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., sent a letter to Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison urging him to join global efforts to move the 2022 Olympic Games out of Communist China and to a nation that respects human rights.

Scott has made similar requests of President Joe Biden, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Scott’s letter is below.

Dear Prime Minister Morrison:

Thank you for your country’s efforts to investigate the origins of COVID-19 in Communist China and for calling on the World Health Organization to conduct a thorough investigation in Wuhan. Since then, Communist China has despicably and vindictively tried to bully you and your people through economic restrictions and slander. I urge you not let up or give into these childish tactics.

You are also right to expose the horrific human rights abuses in Communist China, and for working to hold them accountable. This month, Australia welcomed new U.S. sanctions of Communist leaders in Xinjiang because of their horrific human rights abuses. It is my hope that your government joins the U.S. to call these crimes what they are – genocide. In the midst of these human rights atrocities, as well as economic and national security challenges, we must all join together to stand up to dictators like General Secretary Xi.

As we stand up for human rights and against General Secretary Xi’s abuses, I encourage you to join me in calling on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to move the 2022 Olympics Games out of Beijing. Governments and international organizations have the ability and responsibility to address human rights concerns, and calling on the IOC to move the 2022 Olympics Games out of Beijing is the right course of action. To be clear, I do not support a boycott. Boycotting these games will only hurt athletes who have spent their lives training to represent their country on the international stage. Instead, it should be the position of all democratic nations that the IOC can and should move the 2022 Games to a nation that respects human rights.

I have introduced legislation in the United States Senate calling on the IOC to move the 2022 Games out of Beijing unless Communist China demonstrates significant progress in securing and protecting fundamental human rights. Today, I am asking that you join me, the Canadian House of Commons and a number of global human rights organizations in this effort by urging the IOC to take immediate action.

The Olympic Games give the world’s best athletes a chance to represent their countries and unite our nations. However, this cannot be achieved if we ignore the grotesque abuses of Communist China and allow the games to be hosted in Beijing, putting the safety of all athletes and attendees at risk.

I recently requested a meeting with President Biden to discuss this incredibly important issue and would appreciate the opportunity to meet with you to discuss the 2022 Olympic Games as well. Working together, we can seize this opportunity to highlight our shared belief in freedom and democracy, while preserving the marvel that is and must always be so perfectly captured by the unity created by the Olympic Games.

 

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Marco Rubio Joins Other Senators in Praising India for Inviting Australia to Take Part in Naval Exercise

This week, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., joined U.S. Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., and a group of senators in sending a letter to Taranjit Singh Sandhu, India’s ambassador to the United States.

In their letter, the senators expressed their strong support for India’s decision to formally invite Australia to participate in the annual Malabar naval exercise. The letter also expresses support for increased coordination among Quad members on non-security issues including humanitarian assistance, vaccine development, and infrastructure investment in the Indo-Pacific region.

Joining Rubio and Perdue in the letter were U.S. Sens. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., Chris Coons, D-Del., John Cornyn, R-Tex., Kevin Cramer, R-ND, Ted Cruz, R-Tex., Josh Hawley, R-Mo., James Lankford, R-Okla., Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., Martha McSally, R-Ariz., Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, Thom Tillis, R-NC, and Mark Warner, D-Va.

The full text of the letter is below.

Dear Ambassador Sandhu,

We write in strong support of India’s decision to formally invite Australia to participate in the annual Exercise Malabar, which was made following the recent 2+2 ministerial meeting of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (the Quad) in Tokyo.

The Quad represents a security forum for like-minded democracies to preserve and promote the rules-based order in the region through shared commitments and close collaboration. From an operational perspective, the addition of such a uniquely capable and stalwart partner, like Australia, to this naval exercise is invaluable, providing increased interoperability, strengthening threat assessment abilities and enhancing the maritime roles and missions of the four naval powers. However, of equal importance is the symbolic nature of Australia’s inclusion in Malabar, marking the first time that the United States, India, Japan and Australia will engage collectively at the military level since the formation of the Quad and the Quad-plus-Singapore naval exercises held in September 2007.

In the face of China’s rising military and economic assertiveness, strengthening of the Quad has become increasingly important. As the world addresses the fallout caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, China has opportunistically looked to expand its military footprint across the IndoPacific. From the South China Sea to the Himalayas, Beijing continues to use methods of intimidation and territorial aggression to test the resolve of regional actors. In response to these malign actions, the U.S. has signaled its increased commitment to the region with the newly proposed Pacific Deterrence Initiative, which will complement the Asia Reassurance Initiative Act (ARIA) to provide a more robust military presence. However, without coordinated efforts among committed and capable partners, solitary actions will not sufficiently address these ever evolving security challenges.

The Quad additionally provides an existing institutional framework for increased quadrilateral cooperation on non-security issues. As you know, it was the joint response to the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, the deadliest natural disaster in modern history that led to the first iteration of the Quad. As such, humanitarian aid and disaster relief are natural areas where Quad members can, and should, expand collaborative efforts, especially given the ongoing pandemic. It is critical that the U.S. and India build upon recent discussions among Quad members, as well as New Zealand, South Korea and Vietnam, to coordinate efforts to contain the spread of the virus and develop an effective vaccine.

The pandemic has also exacerbated concerns about China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and resulting debt-trap diplomacy. A free and open Indo-Pacific must come with sustainable investment in the region and infrastructure that is physically secure, financially viable and socially responsible. BRI’s opaque and predatory nature fails to meet these standards. However, given that the Indo-Pacific region’s need for infrastructure will total as much as $50 trillion by 2040, more collaboration among Quad members on infrastructure investment is needed. For instance, the Blue Dot Network (BDN), launched in 2019 by the U.S., Japan and Australia, is an initiative that will bring together governments, the private sector, and civil society to certify projects that uphold global infrastructure principles. Given that three Quad partners are already involved in BDN, we encourage India’s participation in this promising initiative.

Almost three decades ago, the Malabar Exercise acted as a launching pad for increased U.S.- Indian relations. We hope that Japan’s inclusion in the exercise, and now Australia’s, will have a similar effect, strengthening cooperation among the Quad as we collectively defend our shared vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific.

 

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