WASHINGTON, September 16, 2020 / PRNewswire / – Today, a day before a federal district court in San Francisco holds a hearing on the executive order on countering the threat posed by WeChat, 122 Chinese-American organizations from more than 35 states approved UCA’s open letter to Blanc House Regarding the WeChat ban, asking the White House to rescind or rescind this decree.
The decree on WeChat is problematic on several levels. Whether it is the technological difficulty of implementing such a ban or its fragile legal basis, this ban simply makes no sense, as we pointed out in our letter https://ucausa.org / organizations-react-on-wechat-ban /. It potentially violates First Amendment rights and disrupts the way of life of millions of Americans.
Banning WeChat isn’t just causing inconvenience to millions of Chinese Americans, it’s part of this administration’s much bigger effort to implement the dubious Clean Network, a hawkish move to decouple China technically from the United States and the rest of the world. This goes against the consensus and sustained policy of all previous administrations to maintain a universally open and free Internet.
In addition, the president creates barriers that will hurt Americans and American businesses. Almost all corporate communications China is being conducted through WeChat, to prevent Americans from gaining access to this essential business tool, putting American businesses and American workers at a disadvantage.
As an organization of Chinese Americans, our members stay connected with family and friends by China via WeChat, as well as family and friends in America. Indeed, much of the political, civic, and charitable activity in Chinese-American communities is done through WeChat these days. The UCA, for example, just hosted 2020 census events, voter registration and education discussions, and pandemic relief efforts through WeChat.
“Although we very much hate the restriction on free speech imposed on WeChat by the Chinese government, the overwhelming majority of our community is strongly opposed to such an outright ban. But more importantly, we at UCA believe this decree is just plain wrong. All I can say is Mr. President, it is not American to restrict the freedom of the American people. It is enough to cancel your decree, please ”, declares the president of the UCA Haipei Shue.
SOURCE United Chinese Americans (UCA)