US Congressman David Wu: "I Am Strongly Opposed to the People's Republic of China's Treatment of the Falun Gong"
(Clearwisdom.net) On September 8, 2004, US Congressman David Wu wrote to a Falun Gong practitioner out of concern for China's treatment of Falun Gong practitioners. Congressman Wu said in the letter: "As the only Chinese-American member of Congress and as a strong human rights advocate, I am strongly opposed to the People's Republic of China's (PRC) treatment of the Falun Gong.... I will continue to work on behalf of human rights in China." Below is the text of the letter from Congressman Wu.
Congress of the United States
House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515-3701
September 8, 2004
Thank you for contacting me regarding your concerns about China's treatment of Falun Gong practitioners. I appreciate hearing your thoughts on this matter.
I share your concerns. As the only Chinese-American member of Congress and as a strong human rights advocate, I am strongly opposed to the People's Republic of China's (PRC) treatment of the Falun Gong and others who oppose the PRC's rule. I believe certain rights, such as the freedom of speech and the freedom of association, are fundamental rights that all people should enjoy, no matter the nationality or location.
As you may know, I have spoken frequently to advocate for human rights improvements in China. I have taken strong position opposing U.S. trade policies with the PRC, including legislation to grant China Most-Favored-Nation, permanent Most-Favored-Nation trade status, and China's entry into the World Trade Organization (WTO). Due to the PRC's volume of trade with the United States, I believe the U.S. government should use our trade advantages, as well as other appropriate means, to leverage improvements in China's human rights practices. Please know that I will continue to work on behalf of human rights in China, and I will keep your views in mind and continue to work on this very important matter.
Once again, thank you for writing me regarding your concerns. Should you have further questions or comments, please contact me.
With warm regards,
Member of Congress