Senate Group Warns China Over ‘Crackdown on Peaceful Protesters’

A bipartisan group of senators sent a letter to the Chinese ambassador to the United States on Monday warning of potential consequences to the country’s “violent crackdown on peaceful protesters.”

Sens. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, who are both members of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), joined with Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., who chairs the Congressional Executive Commission on China, in organizing the letter, which was signed by almost half the Senate.

“We are following the current peaceful protests in China over your government’s policies very carefully,” the letter reads. “We are also closely watching the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) reaction to them. In 1989, the Chinese Communist Party and People’s Liberation Army undertook a violent crackdown on peacefully protesting Chinese students, killing hundreds, if not thousands.”

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