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Rubio slams Google over plans to unveil censored Chinese search engine

Rubio slams Google over plans to unveil censored Chinese search engine
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Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioMeghan McCain calls Russian attacks against her father the 'highest compliment' to her family The Memo: Saudi storm darkens for Trump GOP leaders hesitant to challenge Trump on Saudi Arabia MORE (R-Fla.) along with a bipartisan group of five other lawmakers slammed Google over its reported plans to introduce a censored search engine in China.

“If true, this reported plan is deeply troubling and risks making Google complicit in human rights abuses related to China’s rigorous censorship regime,” the lawmakers wrote.

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“It is a coup for the Chinese government and Communist Party to force Google — the biggest search engine in the world — to comply with their onerous censorship requirements, and sets a worrying precedent for other companies seeking to do business in China without compromising their core values,” they continued in the letter.

Other signatories included Sens. Tom CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonFlake: Congress should not continue Kavanaugh investigations GOP senator suspects Schumer of being behind release of Ford letter Susan Collins becomes top 2020 target for Dems MORE (R-Ark.), Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerElection Countdown: Small-donor donations explode | Russian woman charged with midterm interference | Takeaways from North Dakota Senate debate | O'Rourke gives 'definitive no' to 2020 run | Dems hope Latino voters turn Arizona blue Democrats must end mob rule GOP senators praise Haley as 'powerful' and 'unafraid' MORE (R-Colo.), Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerDems can use subpoena power to reclaim the mantle of populism Is there a difference between good and bad online election targeting? Collusion judgment looms for key Senate panel MORE (D-Va.), Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenOvernight Health Care — Presented by Purdue Pharma — Trump says GOP will support pre-existing condition protections | McConnell defends ObamaCare lawsuit | Dems raise new questions for HHS on child separations Republicans should prepare for Nancy Pelosi to wield the gavel US to open trade talks with Japan, EU, UK MORE (D-Ore.) and Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezTrump lowers refugee goal to 30,000, he must meet it Blame Senate, not FBI, for Kavanaugh travesty Dems urge tech companies to remove 3D-gun blueprints MORE (D-N.J.)

In the letter, the lawmakers also press Google for more answers on its “Dragonfly” project — the name of the search engine that will reportedly comply with China's strict government censorship law. News of Google's plan was first reported by The Intercept earlier this week.

Rubio and Cotton have opposed American companies working with China and Chinese tech companies in recent months. The two have aggressively railed against ZTE and Huawei’s presence in the U.S. citing American intelligence claims that the companies are a threat to national security.

Cotton has also gone after Google’s business dealings in China before. In a previous letter, he called into question the company’s partnership with Huawei, which he said raises national security concerns.