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Washington, D.C. – Today, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) and Subcommittee on the Indo-Pacific Chairwoman Young Kim (R-CA) issued the following statement ahead of U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s meeting with China’s Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, as the Chinese Communist Party continues to wrongfully detain American citizens and engage in aggressive military posturing in the South China Sea. 

“Wang Yi’s visit to DC is the first time a Chinese Foreign Minister has visited the United States since 2019. Unfortunately we have seen the Chinese Communist Party become increasingly aggressive during that time period. From its military aggression against Taiwan and the Philippines, to arbitrarily detaining American citizens like Mark Swidan and holding political prisoners, to coercing countries into debt trap infrastructure projects, the CCP has made clear that it is an unreliable partner. During its meetings with Wang Yi, the Biden administration should not fall for false promises but demand deliverables such as releasing Americans taken hostage in China, stopping the export of fentanyl precursors, and halting its military expansionism in the Indo-Pacific.”