US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer starts China trip amid tension with US, hopes to meet Xi

SHANGHAI – United States Senate Majority Governor Chuck Schumer landed in China on Saturday governing a bipartisan congressional delegation and beginning a series of meetings in the world’s second-hugest economy amid increasing stress and conflicts between Washington and Beijing. The aim of the trip to Asia, which involves stops in South Korea and Japan, is to advance US economic and national safety interests, and in China, the party wishes to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping, US officials conveyed.

After passing a sweeping Bill in 2022 to increase competition with China in semiconductors and other technology, Mr Schumer and Democratic committee governers conveyed in May they would write legislation to bring down the flow of technology to China, deter it from starting a fight with Taiwan and tighten rules to block US capital from going to Chinese companies. Mr Schumer “will direct energy and attention on the requirement  for reciprocity in China for US businesses that will level the playing field for American workers, as well as on maintaining US leadership in advanced technologies for national safety”, his office said. Ms Raimondo revealed in August that US companies had been telling to her that China has become “uninvestable”, highlighting fines, raids and other activities that made it dangerous and unpredictable to do business there.