Senate Candidate Talks Tough On China While Doing Business With Them

( Writing at the National Pulse, Ned Ryun is warning Arizona Republicans not to be taken in by one of the GOP primary candidates hoping to challenge Democrat Senator Mark Kelly in the 2022 Midterm elections.

Republican Jim Lamon is passing himself off as an America First candidate who will stand up to Communist China. But Ryun warns that Lamon’s past business practices reveal he isn’t putting his money where his mouth is.

Lamon is no doubt hoping to position himself favorably among Trump-supporting Republicans in Arizona by echoing Trump’s hardline position on China. He has advocated for decoupling our economy from Chinese-manufactured goods, but his own company Depcom Power has imported supplies from a Chinese company called HT Solar. In fact, Ryun explains, HT Solar is Depcom Power’s largest trading partner.

HT Solar is a subsidiary of HT-SAAE which is owned and operated by the Communist Chinese government through the China Aerospace Science Technology Corporation (CASC).

CASC is a government-owned enterprise established in 1956. It manufactures ballistic missiles, precision-guided bombs, and other large-scale weaponry. It was sanctioned during the Trump administration after it was learned that CASC had deep ties to the Chinese military.

These CASC weapons are sold through the China Precision Machinery Import and Export Corporation (CPMIEC) which was sanctioned by the US government after it was learned that it was exporting ballistic missile technology to Iran and Pakistan.

Depcom Power has also done business with Chinese companies that benefit from the forced labor of Uighur Muslims in the Xinjiang region of China, including Longi Green Energy Technology which gets supplies from a company that uses forced labor.

In 2018, Lamon was interviewed in a Time Magazine article where he expressed criticism both for President Trump’s tariffs against China and for the former President’s skepticism of “green energy” alternatives. In the interview, Lamon admitted to lobbying the Trump administration to rethink its approach to solar power and its crackdown on trade with China.

Ryun warns that Republican voters should beware that, while he says all the right things, Lamon’s track record proves that he is not the America First candidate he makes himself out to be.