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Ernst Lays Out Action Items for Biden-Xi Meeting

The Iowa senator urges POTUS to ‘find his backbone’ and make clear demands of Xi on nuclear expansion, Taiwan, COVID-19 origins, and trade.

U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), a combat veteran and member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement ahead of President Biden’s virtual summit with President Xi Jingping of China:

 “China is the number one threat to global order and security and is engaged in a massive military build-up of conventional and nuclear power. China oppresses its own people and free peoples, brutally punishes pro-democracy movements, and leads vulnerable nations into debt traps through coercive economic means. On top of all of this, Communist China continues to obfuscate information on the origins of COVID-19.

 “President Biden should find his backbone and demand President Xi halts nuclear expansion and ongoing aggression against Taiwan; comes clean on how the pandemic started; and fully comply with the Phase One trade deal.”

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