Cornyn, Menendez Ask President to Address Concerns Ahead of China VP’s Visit

Cornyn, Menendez Ask President to Address Concerns Ahead of China VP’s Visit

Washington - Ahead of next week's visit by China's Vice President Xi Jinping to Washington, U.S. Sens. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today led a bipartisan letter to President Obama regarding several significant issues in the U.S.-China relationship:

"We strongly urge you to use this opportunity to press Vice President Xi, who as you know is very likely to become the next President of the PRC, on a number of key areas of concern in the U.S.-China relationship.

"This visit stands as a meaningful opportunity to demonstrate to China that serious improvements will be necessary if the long-term U.S.-China relationship is going to develop in a positive way."

Sens. Cornyn and Menendez were joined by Sens. Boozman (R-AR), Wicker (R-MS), Hoeven (R-ND), Grassley (R-IA), Burr (R-NC), Barrasso (R-WY), Kyl (R-AZ), Heller (R-NV), Isakson (R-GA), and Ayotte (R-NH).The bipartisan letter asks the President to use the visit as an opportunity to address numerous areas of concern over China's policies and practices, including:

  • China's aggressive military modernization and the lack of transparency regarding the strategic purposes behind it;
  • The importance of strong U.S. support for Taiwan's security interests;
  • China's continued undermining of U.S. and international sanctions against Iran;
  • The increasing amount of cyber-attacks and cyber-theft emanating from China;
  • China's failure to protect intellectual property rights; and
  • China's ongoing human rights abuses.

Below and attached is a copy of the letter to President Obama: