Congress Slams China

On November 5, 1997, the House of Representatives passed overwhelmingly a bundle of nine measures criticizing China. Even though votes tended to exceed 90 percent favoring the punitive measures, it seemed that the House was only grandstanding, because the Senate is expected to let the bills die without consideration. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich collaborated with President Bill Clinton to keep legislation that was hostile to China off the House floor until after the summit.

The nine bills passed by the House include:

Source: Kerry Dumbaugh, "China: Pending Legislation in 1997.” Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress.

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