U.S. Congressman Anthony Gonzalez (R-Rocky River) was named to the House Republican China Task Force to develop policies, ideas, and legislative strategies to combat the threat posed by the Chinese Communist Party. Congressman Gonzalez has been a leading voice pushing back on China, introducing several pieces of legislation to protect American research and curb their abuse of international systems, including the World Bank.
"China represents one of the biggest existential threats facing our nation today. Not only has the Chinese Communist Party egregiously mishandled the coronavirus and allowed a global pandemic to wreak havoc on our lives, but they have continuously abused international organizations and agreements to the detriment of the American people, suppressed democracy in Hong Kong and beyond, and violated the human rights of their own people. It is time that we significantly recalibrate the relationship between the United States and China and hold the Chinese Communist Party accountable for their actions,” said Congressman Gonzalez.
“Anthony is a great choice for the China Task Force. A rising star in Congress, he is serious about holding China accountable for its many abuses on the world stage. Indeed, his efforts on this front predate the immediate challenge of the coronavirus pandemic and address a range of long-term, bipartisan issues, from the marketplace to cyberspace. Anthony is a common-sense problem-solver who can reach across the aisle, and these qualities are going to be essential for passing enduring solutions. I know he will contribute greatly to making the Task Force’s mission successful,” said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
Since taking office in January 2019, Congressman Gonzalez has made it a top priority to push back against Chinese abuses on the international system. His legislation to combat academic espionage at American institutions of higher education was signed into law in December as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020. Additionally, Congressman Gonzalez has introduced the Accountability for World Bank Loans to China Act to curb World Bank funding to China by graduating the country from the World Bank’s International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) program and protecting poor and middle-income countries from China’s abusive Belt and Road Initiative.