Bad Timing? US Senators Visit China

Financial Times’ blog reports on the trip to China by U.S. Senators this week, which it calls, “one of the largest and most senior delegations ever”:

The bipartisan group of ten senators will be led by Nevada Democrat, Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, and includes other senior members of the chamber.

The group includes senators Chuck Schumer and Dick Durbin, Democrats from New York and Illinois, and Richard Shelby and Mike Enzi, Republicans from Alabama and Wyoming respectively.

The long-planned trip, which was almost delayed by budget negotiations in Washington, has a strong focus on business and clean energy and will take the delegation to Chengdu, in western Sichuan province, and Beijing and Xian.

“During meetings with Chinese officials, the group will discuss issues including clean energy, trade issues, currency, foreign policy and human rights,” said a press statement released when the delegation arrived in Hong Kong on Monday.

Although members of congress have often visited China, this is one of the highest-profile visits in recent memory.

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