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Washington, D.C.–Congressman Michael McCaul, Lead Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today released the below statement, following reports that the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in China hosted Wang Chen, a sanctioned member of the Chinese Communist Party, at its annual appreciation dinner.

“It is unconscionable for the American Chamber of Commerce in China to host a Chinese Communist Party official under U.S. sanctions at its annual appreciation gala. If American businesses are being forced to celebrate and toast Party officials who trample our values, then the U.S. government must continue to do all it can to protect our national interests. I trust AmCham China and its Board of Governors will explain this truly regrettable and disappointing decision in a transparent manner to their companies and Congress without delay. Their reputation as a credible voice of American business depends on it.”