This is, like, Shoo! Shoo! Bad internet companies! You have allowed your IT products, which are supposed to be progressive and democratic, to be used by your oppressive regime customer to curb their subjects freedom of information. Stop it! Do like the defense companies, whose products are correctly used by their numerous oppressive regime customers to murder, torture, and otherwise suppress their subjects freedom of existence. Or you could take advantage of the oppressive regime's service of oppressing the local workforce, like the extracting and sweatshop companies do. But perverting IT products to censor internet content is bad, bad, bad!
So, I don't feel I know enough about the story to guess what is actually going on. I just don't believe the US congress has been struck by a sudden love of democracy abroad. So please enlighten me, what are they actually trying to achieve with this?
What is the agenda of the US congressional hearing on IT companies "co-operating with China to censor the internet"?