Rep. Chris Smith Appointed Chairman of Bipartisan China Commission

Tapped by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to chair the influential Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC), Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) today vowed the bicameral panel, under his leadership, will “aggressively counter the transnational repression of Xi Jinping’s brutal dictatorship and ramp up scrutiny of those who are aiding and abetting the Communist regime.”

“The CECC has been instrumental in advancing critical legislation—including two laws I coauthored, the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act and the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act—to hold the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to account for its heinous atrocities,” said Smith, who has chaired 76 congressional hearings on human rights abuses in China.

“I thank Speaker McCarthy for his serious commitment to countering the Chinese Communist threat, and I am honored to continue my extensive legislative work to promote human rights as Chairman of the Commission,” Smith said.

Smith, who has served four prior terms as CECC Chairman as well as four terms as Ranking Member, said he would build on his relentless, long-running work to combat China’s egregious human rights violations, which includes:

  • Offering the first amendment ever in 1984 to a foreign aid bill to deny funding to organizations such as the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) that are complicit with China’s forced abortion and involuntary sterilization policies;
  • Combating Xi Jinping’s war on religion and persecution of religious believers;
  • Authoring the 2020 legislation—and securing a historic first recorded vote in the House—on allowing US citizens the right to sue the Chinese government for its large-scale misrepresentation campaign during the coronavirus pandemic;
  • Leading efforts to strip the CCP of its preferential trade status ever since President Clinton delinked trade and human rights in 1994;
  • Chairing the first-ever congressional hearing in 2004 on the complicity of big tech in the CCP’s suppression of its own people;
  • Investigating the Communist regime’s gendercide and its forced abortion policies resulting in tens of millions of “missing girls” in China;
  • Exposing the CCP’s barbaric practice of harvesting an estimated 50,000 to 150,000 organs from living prisoners each year and introducing legislation to combat the horrific act;
  • Scrutinizing US corporate complicity in China’s ongoing genocide—including sponsorship of Beijing’s 2022 “Genocide Olympics”—and other atrocities perpetrated by Chinese dictator Xi Jinping;
  • Exposing the Communist regime’s exploitation of children in Africa—especially the labor trafficking of more than 40,000 children in the Democratic Republic of Congo—as part of its quest for cobalt and lithium to power the “Green Economy”;
  • Ensuring the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act­ (PL 117-78) that he coauthored is faithfully implemented to the fullest extent of the law; and
  • Overseeing implementation of his Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act (PL 116-76) to combat the deteriorating state of civil and political freedoms in Hong Kong.
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