Senators Perdue, Daines Visit China for High-Level Discussions on Trade, Security

Meet with China’s Top Trade Negotiator, Emphasize President Trump’s Efforts to Gain Level Playing Field

BEIJING, CHINA – U.S. Senators David Perdue (R-GA) and Steve Daines (R-MT) have concluded a series of high-level meetings with senior government officials in Beijing. As a follow-up to their visit to China last year, Senators Perdue and Daines participated in substantive conversations about security concerns and trade negotiations between the United States and China.

Prior to their trip, Senators Perdue and Daines spoke with President Donald Trump, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. The senators plan to brief President Trump and administration officials upon their return.

The senators met with a number of Chinese officials, including: Vice Premier Liu He, China’s top trade negotiator, as well as the National People’s Congress Chairman Li Zhanshu and Vice Chairman Wang Chen.

“Senator Daines and I traveled to China with one goal: to help reinforce President Trump’s efforts to level the playing field with all of our trading partners. We were there to emphasize that the President and his negotiating team have strong support from Congress,” said Senator Perdue. “President Trump and President Xi have developed a special relationship, and we are hopeful their renewed negotiations proceed to a productive conclusion. The President deserves high marks for standing up for American workers, farmers, and manufacturers. China clearly sees that America is serious about achieving equal access.”

“Senator Perdue and I met with top level Chinese officials to fully support President Trump’s efforts to level the playing field for American workers, farmers, ranchers and businesses. We must continue to hold China accountable,” said Senator Daines. “I thank President Trump for tirelessly working for the American people.”

Additional Background:

  • Last year, Senators Perdue and Daines led a congressional delegation trip to China, South Korea, and the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). On the trip, the senators addressed issues important to the United States including trade, intellectual property, technology, security and human rights.
  • In June, Senators Perdue and Daines hosted a roundtable discussion in Washington, D.C. with Chinese Ambassador Cui Tiankai and other senators about national security concerns, human rights issues, and the need for a fair trade deal.