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Washington, D.C. — House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Michael McCaul issued the following statement expressing deep concerns regarding the Biden administration’s China policy ahead of Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s upcoming talks with Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials in Beijing. This trip comes quickly after news China has come to an agreement with Cuba to set up a U.S.-focused spy base in the region and following a tense phone call between U.S. and CCP officials. The chairman recently commented on a letter sent by Subcommittee on the Indo-Pacific Chairwoman Young Kim expressing frustration that the State Department canceled its budget hearing this week and is stonewalling Congress about its China policy.

“The Biden administration is holding back U.S. national security actions to chase fruitless talks with the CCP. While diplomacy is an important tool, it cannot come at the expense of our national security. Secretary Blinken must move forward sanctions and export controls and prioritize the protection of American interests during discussions with CCP officials.”