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January 14-16, 2000
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US CONGRESSMEN SAY RELIGIOUS FREEDOM COULD AFFECT CHINA TRADE

    BEIJING (CWNews.com) - A delegation of US Congressmen met with Chinese Communist President Jiang Zemin today and told him that China's entry into the World Trade Organization could hinge on the country's treatment of religious groups.

    Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Arizona, said the bipartisan delegation discussed the crackdown on the Falun Gong spiritualist movement, the state-orchestrated ordination of five Catholic bishops in defiance of the Pope's authority, and the lack of movement in dialogue with the exiled Tibetan leader, the Dalai Lama.

    Salmon said he supports free trade with China, but said the Communist government's human rights record could affect how Congress votes on granting permanent normal trade relations (NTR) to the country, creating a barrier to China's entry into the WTO. "If members of Congress believe that the human rights situation in China is getting worse instead of better and religious freedom is less instead of more, then it could impact NTR votes," he said.

          

January 14-16, 2000
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