Over the last three decades, Feinstein has downplayed the human rights violations being perpetuated by the Chinese Communist Party, Volgens “Red-Handed: How American Elites Get Rich Helping China Win,” a newly released book by Government Accountability Institute President Peter Schweizer.
Die boek, which was released on Tuesday, says Feinstein’s husband, Richard Blum, has simultaneously grown his fortune immensely by doing business with the communist nation, at one point profiting from a company found to be spying on the U.S. military through Chinese products.
“He’s a businessman and he has a right to do business and he’s never done anything wrong,” said Feinstein spokesperson Kam Kuwata, according to the new book.
The senator has been a defender of China for decades, becoming the first U.S. mayor to visit the country while running San Francisco. Feinstein supported granting Most Favored Nation (MFN) trade status to China in 2000 – a designation that relaxed restrictions and encouraged a surge in U.S.-China economic cooperation. In 1994, when the U.S. Senate was considering rescinding this trade status with China over human rights violations, Feinstein argued against it, saying it would “inflame Beijing’s insecurities.”