US Lawmakers Are Planning A Trip To China This Fall As Encouraged By Biden Administration
The upcoming visits and planning a trip to China by the U.S. lawmakers in the context of the escalating tensions between the United States and China.
Members of US Congress Are Planning A Trip To China Amidst Rising Tensions
Stars and Stripes – Amidst rising tensions between the United States and China, two delegations of U.S. lawmakers are actively planning a trip to China this fall. These visits, encouraged by the Biden administration, reflect Washington’s efforts to navigate its intricate relationship with Beijing.
Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) are collaborating to lead a bipartisan delegation planning a trip to China in October. Representative Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) is also actively organizing a similar trip for House lawmakers. Khanna, a member of the House Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), is committed to diplomacy with Beijing, emphasizing the importance of open communication and engagement.
These developments follow earlier reports about the planned visit led by Schumer and Crapo. As of now, there has been no response from the Chinese Embassy in Washington regarding these developments.
Tensions Rise in US-China Relations
According to the article of The Washington Post, the U.S.-China relationship has become increasingly strained in recent times, with ongoing disputes ranging from trade issues to military tensions. The Biden administration has been proactively sending top officials to China in an effort to ease tensions. However, there has been no reciprocal action from the Chinese government in terms of high-level visits to Washington, frustrating some Republicans.
Schumer has extended invitations to other senators to join the delegation planning a trip to China. While some lawmakers believe sending senior officials to China without reciprocation is unwise, others question the timing and potential effectiveness of such visits. As the strained relationship persists, lawmakers in Washington are advocating for stricter economic policies toward Beijing, including measures to curb U.S. investment in Chinese companies involved in military technology.