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While China Remains One of the United States Greatest Threats, Gary Peters Failed to Hold Them Accountable

Peters Skipped 89% of Hearings for the Congressional-Executive Commission on China

Last week, while speaking to a group at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr stressed the threat the Chinese Communist Party poses to the United States. “The People’s Republic of China is now engaged in an economic blitzkrieg — an aggressive, orchestrated, whole-of-government (indeed, whole-of-society) campaign to seize the commanding heights of the global economy and to surpass the United States as the world’s preeminent superpower,” AG Barr emphasized.

One of the most problematic parts of the Chinese Communist Party attempting to infiltrate the United States’ manufacturing, production, technology and pharmaceutical industries is that Gary Peters was afforded an opportunity to hold them accountable, and failed to do so.

In ads run earlier this year, Peters claimed, “I’ve always been tough on the Chinese government.” And, when he was appointed to the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, Peters told Michigan residents that he would “make sure that China plays by the rules.”

Peters proceeded to skip 89% of the hearings. Peters also traveled in 39 countries while in Congress on the taxpayer dime— ostensibly for national security purposes— but never made time to visit China and tell them he would be holding them accountable.

“Gary Peters talked a big game on holding China accountable, and then failed – leaving our families and businesses to face the consequences,” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. “I challenge Senator Peters to explain to any member of the media why he did not make time to attend the China accountability hearings, despite living off the backs of Michiganders he left to struggle.”