Congressman Howard L. Berman, Ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement in advance of Chinese President Hu’s arrival in Washington, DC for this week’s US-China Summit.

“It is important for all to remember that China is neither an ally nor an enemy – It is both a competitor and a partner, in foreign affairs, security, and economics. A key area of concern for the United States is the threat posed by a nuclear-armed Iran, a threat that would also jeopardize China’s long-term security. As President Obama sits down with President Hu this week, securing greater cooperation from the Chinese government in stopping Iran’s nuclear weapons program must be at the top of the agenda.”