Apple CEO Tim Cook and other corporate leaders should be required to register as foreign agents because of their ties with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), according to expert testimony received by an influential congressional advisory body.
“When Tim Cook comes to testify before Congress, he testifies as the head of an American multinational,” said Clyde Prestowitz, president of the Washington-based Economic Strategy Institute. “No. He should be compelled to testify as a foreign agent. He is much more an agent of Beijing than he is of Washington.
“I could say that of the head of the Chamber of Commerce. I could say that of the head of the U.S.–China Commission here in Washington. They are all tools of China, not of the United States.”
American CEOs ‘On Their Knees’ in China
Prestowitz delivered the testimony during a seven-hour hearing of the U.S.–China Economic and Security Commission on April 14, which sought to understand threats posed by China’s anti-competitive and coercive trade practices.
He said key leaders across major U.S. corporations and the finance sector are increasingly beholden to the CCP and that their capture presented an immense threat to national stability that needed to be responded to by the whole of society.
“What we have to understand is that our corporations, our major business leaders, the Ray Dalios of the world, and the Tim Cooks of the world, they are powerful here in Washington. You know the money they spend, the entreat they have here in Washington,” Prestowitz said. “In Beijing, they’re on their knees. They kowtow.”