House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-San Franicsco; Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Lantos, D-San Mateo; Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md.; and Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Wash., met today in Pelosi’s office with Vice Premier Wu Yi of China. Said Pelosi:
“I was pleased to welcome Madam Vice Premier Wu Yi and the Chinese delegation to the Capitol this afternoon. In light of the significance of the U.S.-China relationship, we have a responsibility to work together to build a brighter future for the people of our two countries –- economically, politically, diplomatically, culturally, in every way.
“Today we engaged in an open and frank dialogue on issues such as intellectual property rights violations, the undervaluation of China’s currency, the genocide in Darfur and human rights in China and Tibet. I believe that the Chinese government can do more in each of these areas.
“On global warming and protecting the environment, there is an opportunity for us to build a stronger relationship to reduce our dependence on foreign energy sources and to protect our environment for future generations. Members of Congress are closely following the Strategic Economic Dialogue and are hopeful that Treasury Secretary Paulson can achieve concrete results.”
On a related note, the House Foreign Affairs Committee today passed a resolution by Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, calling on China to use its “unique influence and economic leverage” with the Sudan regime to help stop the ongoing genocide in Darfur. With Lantos among its several dozen co-sponsors, the legislation now goes to the House floor.