Pelosi, Lantos meet with Chinese Vice Premier

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.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.