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PacNet #21 and #21A – Congressional Views of China’s Resurgence

The following slightly edited opening statements by chairman Henry Hyde and ranking opposition leader Tom Lantos at the U.S. House of Representatives International Relations Committee Asia SubCommittee meeting on May 10 are provided to expose our readers to mainstream, largely bipartisan, congressional views toward China. Both support continued engagement, while expressing skepticism as to China’s willingness to truly be a “responsible stakeholder” in international affairs. China’s willingness (or lack thereof) to take a firm stand regarding Iran’s and North Korea’s nuclear programs will be a critical determinant, according to both members’ opening statements.