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China is successfully exporting its authoritarian practices globally

Beijing's infrastructure loans come with strings attached

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A young person places a sack of cobalt on an 11-year old boy's back near Kasulo mine operated by Congo DongFang Mining, a subsidiary of Chinese company Huayou Cobalt, in Kolwezi , Congo, in July 2018: the horrifying industry is in operation.   © Corbis News/Getty Images

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) is the vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, ranking member of the Congressional Executive Commission on China and a member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.

We are all aware of the Chinese Communist Party's horrific human rights abuses within China: modern-day slavery, ongoing genocide of Uighur Muslims and other ethnic groups in Xinjiang, assaults on freedom of religion and the press -- the list goes on. What is not widely reported is that the Party is also successfully exporting its abusive, authoritarian practices across the globe.

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