Gardner Meets with Chinese Leaders

Delivers Tough Message Regarding China’s Actions to Undermine the U.S-led Liberal International Order

Washington, D.C. – Today, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity, released the below statement following his meeting with a delegation led by the former Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to the United States, Wenzhong Zhou:

 Former Chinese Ambassador Wenzhong Zhou

“Today I met with a delegation of high-level diplomats from the People’s Republic of China (PRC), led by the former Ambassador to the United States, Wenzhong Zhou,” said Senator Gardner. “We discussed actions mandated by my Asia Reassurance Initiative Act (ARIA), including those concerning Taiwan. I reiterated that Beijing’s hostile actions toward Taipei are counterproductive and the United States Congress will continue to advocate on behalf of Taiwan and the Taiwanese people, as guided by United States law, including the Taiwan Relations Act, the Taiwan Travel Act, and ARIA. I also explained that my call for Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen, to be invited to address a joint session of Congress as a democratic leader is consistent with U.S law and it is my hope that Speaker Pelosi issues such an invitation in the near future.

“I also shared my views with the delegation regarding the dangers of China’s illegal militarization of the South China Sea, along with the worsening of human rights and discriminatory trade behaviors by Beijing, and expressed the hope that the United States and the PRC can peacefully resolve these issues. I made it clear to Ambassador Zhou that I will continue to be a voice for America’s priorities in the region, and I welcome future conversations between our two countries.”

In December 2018, Gardner met with the current Ambassador of the PRC to the United States, Cui Tiankai. He also chaired a series of hearings in his subcommittee focused on China, titled “The China Challenge”, which discussed economicsecurity, and human rights concerns. Gardner traveled to China in August of 2015 and met with a range of PRC officials, including Foreign Minister Wang Yi. In September 2015, Gardner met with President Xi Jinping in the Senate, during President Xi’s visit to the United States. 



Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.