Rep. Michelle Steel (CA-48) released the following statement after Qin Gang, China’s ambassador to the United States issued a warning of military conflict between the two nations over America’s continued support of a free and independent Taiwan:
“The United States supports a free and independent Taiwan, and the Chinese Communist Party’s continued show of force and violations of human rights cannot be ignored. This threat, just a week before the Winter Olympics begin in Beijing, is just another reason why these games should have been moved. This continued hostility is why I’ve offered an amendment to the America COMPETES Act that resumes diplomatic relations with Taiwan, officially known as the Republic of China (ROC), as a sovereign country and supports Taiwan’s membership in international organizations. We cannot allow the CCP to continue bullying us and our allies.”
In 2021 Rep. Steel was appointed to serve as a member of the Congressional Executive Commission on China, where commission members from the House, Senate and Administration work together to monitor China’s compliance with international human rights standards, encourage the development of the rule of law and to establish and maintain a list of victims of human rights abuses in China. She has repeatedly called on the International Olympic Committee to move the 2022 Winter Games out of Beijing and has pushed corporate sponsors to use their advertising during the games to shine a light on the abuses happening throughout China. She is also a member of the Congressional Taiwan Caucus.