As a member of the Congressional Executive Commission on China, and on the eve of the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, today Rep. Michelle Steel (R-CA) questioned hearing witnesses about the games and the need for the continued protection of minority groups and vulnerable populations in China. Yaxue Cao, Founder and Editor of China Change; Nathan Law, Democracy activist; Jewher Ilham, Daughter of Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti; Sophie Luo, Wife of human rights defender Ding Jiaxi, and; and Nyima Lhamo, Niece of late Tibetan Buddhist leader Tenzin Delek Rinpoche participated in the Commission’s hearing called “The Beijing Olympics and the Faces of Repression.”
Rep. Steel has been outspoken about Beijing hosting the Winter Games since she was sworn into Congress last January. In March, she joined Senator Ted Cruz to send a letter to the President of the International Olympic Committee, urging him to move the games out of China. In December, she wrote a letter to 17 corporate sponsors of the games, urging them to use their millions in advertising budgets to expose the actions of the Chinese Communist Party.
“How discouraging is it when you see elected officials across western countries and global corporate companies turn a blind eye to the CCP and Chairman Xi Jinping?,” Rep. Steel asked the hearing witnesses. “What do these CEOs and elected leaders need to do those protect those minority groups and vulnerable populations in China?”