Democratic Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries today appointed three Asian American members to serve on the House of Representatives Select Committee on Strategic Competition between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party.
The move comes after the Congressional Asian-Pacific American Caucus requested large representation on that committee fearing the anti-Chinese sentiment in Congress could lead to more hate crimes against Asian Americans.
The Asian Americans on the committee are Rep Judy Chu (D-CA), Rep Ro Khanna (D-CA) and Rep Andy Kim (D-NJ).
“At a time when anti-Asian hate and violence are on the rise, it’s essential that this committee focuses its vital work on protecting all Americans from the threat posed by the CCP, while avoiding dangerous rhetoric that fuels the types of xenophobia that have endangered members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community,” said Chu in a statement sent to AsAmNews.
“We can be tough on the Chinese Communist Party while unequivocally condemning anti-Asian racism and the increase in hate crimes targeting the Asian American community,” said Rep Ro Khanna (D-CA) As the representative for the only majority Asian American community in the continental U.S. and as a member of CAPAC, I take that very seriously.”
A fourth Democrat on the committee is not Asian, but is a member of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, Rep Haley Stevens (D-MI)
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