Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today announced he has been appointed chair of the bipartisan Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC). Rubio served as cochair of the CECC in the 114th Congress.
“I am honored to continue leading the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, and I remain committed to exposing the brutality of the Chinese government and the heroic efforts of brave Chinese dissidents,” said Rubio. “As documented in our last annual report, President Xi is consolidating his own power through forced ideological conformity and the systematic persecution of human rights lawyers and defenders, and conditions in China are deteriorating. The situation is bleak for people of faith, women’s activists, labor advocates, and others, and their plight deserves the attention of American policymakers.
“The commission’s political prisoner database is an invaluable resource containing more than 1,400 active cases of political and religious prisoners. Each case represents a real person who is suffering or oppressed because of their beliefs or free expression,” Rubio added. “The commission will shine a bright light on these abuses and press the Chinese government to change its behavior. I look forward to continuing to work with Congressman Chris Smith, who will serve as co-chair. Congressman Smith has a longstanding and unwavering commitment to promoting human rights in China and around the globe. Together, we will stand with Chinese dissidents and prisoners and be their voice, while urging administration officials to make these issues a priority in our bilateral relationship with China.”
Rubio also welcomed the appointment of the following Senate commissioners: Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Steve Daines (R-MT) and Todd Young (R-IN).