Major League Baseball is putting Americans out of jobs in order to further grow their working relationship with Communist China.
China’s top government propaganda outlet China Daily covered the partnership in an August article, saying the league is building a “baseball ecosystem.”
MLB’s collaboration with China has resulted in over 100 teams in more than 20 cities playing for an estimated 20 million fans across the nation.
Because of the growing popularity of the sport in China, more equipment is needed in the country.
An MLB equipment manufacturer out of Minnesota called Miken Sports is now being shut down, and its production plant is being closed resulting in around 70 jobs being outsourced to China.
The Miken Sports plant is located in the district of Rep. Jim Hagedorn (R-MN), who told the Washington Free Beacon, “It is completely outrageous that the MLB has decided to shut down the Miken Sports plant in Caledonia and outsource American jobs to communist China.”
He added, “Miken has been one of the largest employers in Caledonia for decades, and this community will face major hardships and job losses due to this closure. We are urging the MLB to reverse this decision, purchase products that are made in America, and work to keep these jobs at home.”
MLB China’s managing director Tony Qi, who has ties to Chinese state media, a tech giant called Tencent, and other major corporations, says the nation’s communist government is to thank for the expansion of the sport.
“Government policy is also a huge help,” Qi said. “China is now aiming to let the next generation enjoy various sports, and has implemented a series of preferential policies. So more and more baseball clubs are growing in China. … The baseball environment has changed dramatically since MLB entered the Chinese market.”
Tencent does the bidding of the Chinese government, assisting in online censorship, and also has deep ties to the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), or Chicom military.
Michael Sobolik, a fellow at the American Foreign Policy Council, noted the hypocrisy of MLB relocating its All-Star Game from Atlanta, Georgia to Denver, Colorado this year in protest of a Georgia law requiring voters to show identification in order to participate in political elections.
“It’s telling that Major League Baseball pulled out of Georgia for the All-Star Game over concerns with voting legislation, but is entirely comfortable with operating in a nation with an ongoing genocide,” Sobolik told the Free Beacon. “If your corporate values abroad don’t match your corporate values at home, you aren’t standing on principle; you’re just running a cynical PR campaign. The CCP routinely exploits this inconsistency in U.S. companies eager to access China’s market. Every time American businesses choose their own economic wealth over human rights, they write the Party’s propaganda for them.”
A Georgia Republican state rep named Drew Ferguson criticized the league’s double standard, saying, “Unfortunately, when it comes to issues of real human rights and genocide, they fall silent.”
The MLB relationship with the communist nation is becoming increasingly similar to China’s close partnership with the NBA.
The NBA has gone as far as to open “sweat camps” in China where athletes are subject to grueling workouts and abusive coaches.
Watch the following local news reports to see how closing the Miken plant is harming citizens of Caledonia, Minnesota:
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